Subject Template - Science

Subject/s

Science

Curriculum Leader

Mr M Court

Teaching Staff

Mr M Court

Mr A Davey

Mr A Williams

Mrs H Wade

Miss C Hicks

Mrs R Laws

Mr Z Green

Mrs E Taylor

Mrs A Bonsar (Science Technician)

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course

There are two routes available to our students at KS4

1)      AQA Combined trilogy course leading to the equivalent of two GCSE’s. This course focusses on a variety of biology, chemistry and physics topics and culminates in 6 x 1hr 15 mins terminal exams.

2)      Separate sciences in biology, chemistry and physics leading to three GCSE’s. These courses cover all of the content of the trilogy science course with some additional topics in each of the sciences. Each course is assessed separately via 2 x 1hour 45mins examinations.

Course Breakdown:

Biology Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Cell Biology

o   Organisation

o   Infection and response

o   Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Homeostasis and response

o   Inheritance, variation and evolution

o   Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Atomic structure and the periodic table

o   Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

o   Quantitative chemistry

o   Chemical changes

o   Energy changes

Chemistry Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   The rate and extent of chemical change

o   Organic chemistry

o   Chemical analysis

o   Chemistry of the atmosphere

o   Using resources

o   (Fundamental concepts and principles from whole course)

Physics Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Energy

o   Electricity

o   Particle model of matter

o   Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Forces

o   Waves

o   Magnetism and electromagnetism

GCSE Biology (Separate Science route)

Biology Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Cell Biology

o   Organisation

o   Infection and response

o   Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Homeostasis and response

o   Inheritance, variation and evolution

o   Ecology

GCSE Chemistry (Separate Science route)

Chemistry Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Atomic structure and the periodic table

o   Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

o   Quantitative chemistry

o   Chemical changes

o   Energy changes

Chemistry Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   The rate and extent of chemical change

o   Organic chemistry

o   Chemical analysis

o   Chemistry of the atmosphere

o   Using resources

o   (Fundamental concepts and principles from whole course)

GCSE Physics (Separate Science route)

 

 

 

Physics Paper 1:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Energy

o   Electricity

o   Particle model of matter

o   Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

·         Foundation and Higher tiers available

·         Units covered:

o   Forces

o   Waves

o   Magnetism and electromagnetism

o   Space physics

Number of Lessons Per Week

Trilogy combined science course students receive 5 hours per week

Separate science students receive 8 hours per week

Websites

 

·         GCSE Pod: GCSE Pod contains a large selection of short clips for all of the topics covered at GCSE.  https://members.gcsepod.com/login

·         Specifications:

Combined Science (Trilogy)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

GCSE Biology (separate) https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

GCSE Chemistry (separate) https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

GCSE Physics (separate)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

·         BBC Bitesize (KS3): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

·         BBC Bitesize (GCSE): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv

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