Science Key Stage 4

Science (lessons per week)

Current year eleven are studying the legacy GCSE Science and Additional Science courses from Edexcel. Each course has four components. As well as a Biology, Chemistry and Physics unit there is a controlled assessment unit. Each unit accounts for 25% of the overall mark, with each student receiving two separate GCSE grades. There are a total of six examinations, of one hour each, which are sat in May and June of year eleven. Completion of these two courses allow students to progress onto a wide range of post 16 courses including AS and A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The units studied are shown below.

GCSE Science                                  GCSE Additional Science

Influences on life                               The components of life

Chemistry in our world                       Discovering Chemistry

Universal Physics                              Physics for your future

 

Current year ten have begun studying the new 9-1 curriculum. In this course they receive one combined GCSE Science grade, which has grades numbered from 9 to 1, with a 9 being the best grade possible. There are still six examinations, two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each examination lasts one hour ten minutes. All six examinations are sat in the May and June of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment component. There is a much higher mathematical content in this course, particularly in the Physics units where students are expected to recall a list of 20 formulas to calculate numerical values. Each unit is broken down into several topics, these are shown below

Biology Unit 1                                                                         Chemistry Unit 1                                                                     Physics Unit 1

Key concepts in Biology                                                        States of matter and separating techniques                              Motion

Cells and control                                                                   Atomic structure                                                                         Forces and Motion

Genetics                                                                               The periodic table                                                                      Conservation of energy

Natural selection and genetic modification                           Bonding and substances                                                           Waves

Health, disease and the development of medicines            Calculating masses, obtaining and using metals                       Light and the EM spectrum

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Biology Unit 2                                                                    Chemistry Unit 2                                                                              Physics Unit 2

Plant structures and their functions                                   Groups of the periodic table                                                       Forces and their effects

Animal co-ordination control and homeostasis                  Exo and Endothermic reactions                                                 Electricity and circuits

Exchange and transport in animals                                   Fuels                                                                                           Magnetism and electromagnetism

Ecosystems and material cycles                                       Earth and atmospheric science                                                  Particles, matter and forces

 

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