Key Stage 4 Science





Topics covered in year 9 (after KS3 study), 10 and 11

What is the title of this course?

All learners currently follow either a GCSE Route or a vocational route:




1 - OCR Gateway Science GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Award)



2 - OCR Gateway Science GCSE courses in Science and Additional Science (Double Award)



3 - BTEC First Certificate in The Principles of Applied Science and BTEC First Certificate in The Applications of Applied Science




BTEC Introductory Certificate in Applied Science

Decisions are made about the most appropriate route on an individual basis at the end of year 8.


What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?

 GCSE courses: GCSE grades A* - G BTEC: Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*


 What are the main topics I will be taught?

 Precise details will depend on which science course you are taking, but everyone will study:

  • Organisms and health 
  • Chemical and material behaviour 
  • Energy, electricity and radiations 
  • Environment, Earth and universe

 In all topics there is an emphasis on the way science works within society, and how science is related to everyday life


What type of learning activities will I undertake?

All science courses involve practical work, written tasks, research tasks, use of ICT, discussion and debate, problem solving and investigation.

 What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

Good GCSE grades in science are needed for a number of careers, including teaching. The Triple Award route gives a thorough preparation for studying any of the sciences at A - level, leading to careers in, for example, medicinem vetinary science, sports science, forensic science, environmental science, astronomy or engineering. The vocational science route can lead to further study in Applied Science at Key Stage 5, or to science - related employment.