– Science at Key Stage 4

Science at Key Stage 4

Year 11 – Legacy Specification

All pupils undertake at least two Science GCSEs within the OCR Gateway suite of examinations. There are two curriculum routes available: “Core” or “Triple” Science. All pupils complete a Controlled Assessment task in the Autumn term with the opportunity to do a second early in the spring term if necessary.

CORE SCIENCE

There are 6 core science groups. All pupils completed GCSE Science in year 10 and are currently undertaking GCSE Additional Science. The topics covered this year are:

TRIPLE SCIENCE

Four classes are following the “Triple” Science route and will have completed GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics by the end of year 11.

Each group completed two GCSEs at the end of year 10 and are currently undertaking their third. Each group follows a different combination:

T1: Biology and Physics in year 10, Chemistry in year 11.

T2: Biology and Chemistry in year 10, Physics in year 11.

T3: Biology and Chemistry in year 10, Physics in year 11.

T4: Chemistry and Physics in year 10, Biology in year 11.

The topics covered in each subject are:

BIOLOGY:

CHEMISTRY:

PHYSICS:

 

Years 9 & 10 – New Specification

YEAR 10

Most year 10 pupils are undertaking GCSE Combined Science, following the AQA trilogy specification. One group is undertaking GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics from the same specification suite. All GCSE examinations will be taken at the end of year 11.

YEAR 9

Six groups of pupils are undertaking GCSE Combined Science, following the AQA trilogy specification. Four groups are undertaking GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics from the same specification suite. All GCSE examinations will be taken at the end of year 11.

 

All GCSE cohorts will have completed the content required for paper one by March of year 10. This is achieved by commencing GCSE content in January of year 9.

The content required for paper 2 will be completed by March of year 11.

All GCSE groups have a subject specialist teacher for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE (all exams are 1 hour 15 minutes long)

BIOLOGY PAPER ONE: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

CHEMISTRY PAPER ONE: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

PHYSICS PAPER ONE: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

BIOLOGY PAPER TWO: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology

CHEMISTRY PAPER TWO: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

PHYSICS PAPER TWO: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

“TRIPLE SCIENCE” (all exams are 1hr 45 minutes long)

GCSE BIOLOGY

PAPER ONE CONTENT:

Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

PAPER TWO CONTENT:

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

GCSE CHEMISTRY

PAPER ONE CONTENT:

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

PAPER TWO CONTENT:

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

GCSE PHYSICS

PAPER ONE CONTENT:

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

PAPER TWO CONTENT:

Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.