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Key Stage 4 Science

During GCSE in Science our aim is to enthuse and excite the students about how the world around them works and to continue with the mastery approach to ensure key concepts are embedded and can be applied to different situations. Their lessons are made up of a range of practical and theoretical work and will involve preparation for final exams.

In Year 10 students have started the new GCSE course and will be following the AQA specification, students will complete one of two courses either Combined Science: Triology or Triple science, both cover aspects of Biology , Chemistry and Physics , with Triple Science going slightly more in depth for certain topics.

In Year 11 students follow the OCR 21st Century specification either completing core and additional science or Triple Science, again both cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition to their Science lessons year 11 students also have opportunities to revise topics and get further help outside of lessons.

Exam Board: Year 10: AQA ; Year 11 OCR 21st century

Tiered Exam: Year 10 tiered graded 1-9 ; Year 11 Foundation C-G, Higher A*-D

How is the course assessed?

Year 10

Combined trilogy:

Subject content

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology
  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources
  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

 Assessments

There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.


Biology Paper 1

What's assessed

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.


Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

Chemistry Paper 1

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

Chemistry Paper 2

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

Physics Paper 1

What's assessed

Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

Physics Paper 2

What's assessed

Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.


  Year 11

·         Core: 25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 25% controlled assessment (2 pieces)

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B1- You and your genes

B2- Keeping healthy

B3 - Life on Earth

C1- Air Quality

C2- Material Choices

C3 - Chemicals in our lives- risks and benefits

P1 -  The earth in the universe

P2 - Radiation and life

P3  - Sustainable energy

 

·         Additional: 25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 25% controlled assessment (1 piece)

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B4 - The processes of life

B5 - Growth and development

B6 - Brain and mind

C4 - Chemical patterns

C5 - chemicals of the natural environment

C6 - chemical  synthesis

P4- Explaining motion

P5- Electric circuits

P6 - Radioactive materials

 

·         Triple Science, each subject Biology, Chemistry and Physics is made up of 3 exams each 25% and 1 piece of controlled assessment 25%

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B1-6 & B7

Peak performance (movement, exercise, circulation & energy balances), natural ecosystems & new technologies

C1-6 & C7

Green chemistry, alcohols, carboxylic acids,esters, energy changes in chemistry, reversible reactions and equilibria & analysis

P1-6 & P7

Naked eye astronomy, light telescopes, mapping the universe, stars and astronomy community

 

How long are the examinations?

1 hour each

Are there controlled assessments?

There are controlled assessments for our current year 11s but those students starting their GCSE on the new course no longer have controlled assessment instead they complete a series of practicals throughout the two years that will be examined in the exams at the end of the course.

What texts would you recommend?

CGP revision guides and workbooks that can be purchased from the school library

What websites would you recommend?

Year 10

BBC Bitesize and AQA for past papers

Year 11

BBC Bitesize and OCR 21st century for past papers


Leader of Key Stage 4 Science: Miss S Watling
SWatling@sandownbayacademy.org 
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