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Key Stage 4

Science Department Vision

Inclusivity and progress for all through the provision of a fun and relevant enriched curriculum; where the development of scientific skills and the acquisition of core knowledge is underpinned by practical enquiry and experiential learning.

Science GCSE Course

The new specification Science GCSEs are an in-depth study of the world around us. Students study biology, chemistry and physics units over a three-year course; starting in year 9 and ending with external exams at the end of Year 11. By studying over three years, students have the opportunity to consistently review and develop their scientific skills and knowledge.

As there is no longer any coursework, the new GCSEs have a “required practical” element which will be completed during lesson time. The development of practical skills is a fundamental part of the study of science, and will not only help students with their understanding of the subject, but is also vital preparation for the written examinations.

Exams will include a range of questions: from multiple choice and short answer questions, to long answer questions where students will be expected to write using accurate spelling and grammar. At least 15% of the questions are related to practical activities that students have studied in lessons from the “required practical” element. There is also an increased mathematics component to the new GCSEs with physics containing 30% maths, chemistry 20% and biology 10%. 

Students will be awarded Science GCSEs using the new 9-1 grading system (replacing A*-G). There are two levels of entry, Higher and Foundation.

There are two pathways through science; Combined (Trilogy) and Separate Sciences:

GCSE Combined Science Course: AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

5 lessons per week throughout Year 9, 10 and 11

Assessment: Exams are at the end of Year 11. Students will sit two exams in each Science (x2 Biology, x2 Chemistry and x2 Physics) and will be awarded two ‘Science’ GCSEs.

Separate Sciences: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics Course: AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry, AQA GCSE Physics

5 lessons per week throughout Year 9, 10 and 11

Assessment: Exams are at the end of Year 11. Students will sit two slightly longer exams in each Science (x2 Biology, x2 Chemistry, x2 Physics) and will be awarded three separate GCSEs.

Please click KO to access the Knowledge Organiser for the topic. 

Biology - Trilogy curriculum overview

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9) - Paper 1

Term

Term 1

Terms 3 & 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic Title

Cell Biology KO

Organisation
KO

Infection and Response
KO

Bioenergetics
KO

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10) - Paper 2

Term

Terms 1 & 2

Terms 3 & 4

Terms 5 & 6

Topic title

Homeostasis and Response
KO

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution KO

Ecology KO

Chemistry - Trilogy curriculum overview

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9)

Term

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Topic Title

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table KO

Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter
KO

Quantitative Chemistry KO

Chemical Changes
KO

Energy Changes
KO

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10)

Term Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
Topic title

The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
KO

Organic Chemistry
KO

Chemical Analysis
KO

Chemistry of the Atmosphere
KO

Using Resources
KO

Physics - Trilogy curriculum overview

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9)

Term

Term 1 & 2  Term 3 & 4 Term 5 Term 6

Topic Title

Energy
KO

Electricity
KO

Particle Model of Matter KO

Atomic Structure KO

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10)

Term Term 1 & 2 Term 3 & 4 Term 5
Topic title

Forces KO

Waves KO

Magnetism and Electromagnetism KO

Biology - separate science

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9) - Paper 1

Term

Term 1 & 2

Term 3 & 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic Title

Cell Biology

 

Organisation

 

Infection and Response

 

Bioenergetics

 

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10) - Paper 2

Term

Term 1 & 2

Term 3 & 4

Term 5 & 6 

Topic title

Homeostasis and Response

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Ecology

 

See the biology trilogy curriculum overview table above for Knowledge Organisers. 

Chemistry - separate science

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9)

Term

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Topic Title

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical Changes

Energy Changes

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10)

Term

Term 1

Term 2&3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic title

The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Organic Chemistry

 

Chemical Analysis

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

 

Using Resources

 

See the chemistry trilogy curriculum overview table above for Knowledge Organisers.  

Physics - separate science

 

FIRST YEAR (Year 9)

Term

Term 1 & 2

Term 3 & 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic Title

Energy

Electricity

Particle Model of Matter

Atomic Structure

 

SECOND YEAR (Year 10)

Term

Term 1 & 2

Term 3 & 4

Term 5

Term 6

Topic title

Forces 

Waves

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Space Physics 

See the physics trilogy curriculum overview table above for Knowledge Organisers. 

Support for parents

Recommended Revision Guides

We strongly suggest students have revision guides to aid them with their independent study, home learning, and revision. The new specification means new revision guides are needed (old specification ones from older siblings will not be as relevant unfortunately!).

CGP revision guides are the best we have found. They can be purchased using the following links:

How to Revise

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Top science tips

  • Make flashcards with questions on one side and the answer on the other
  • Make revision “foldables” to revise key words
  • Exam practice questions – self assess your answers
  • Core Knowledge tests
  • Core knowledge mats / flash cards
  • ‘Tassomai’
  • CGP revision guides

Kerboodle - Online Textbook

Students and parents can also view the course textbooks (KS4 only) online.

Parents and students can request a personalised login from the science team.