Curriculum
Science

In science lessons all students in year 9-11 study GCSE Science from the AQA Science suite of qualifications.  In their timetabled core science lessons all students will study for the Combined Science Triology specification resulting in the award of two GCSEs at grade 1-9.

Selected students will have the option to study for three individual GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics using additional lesson time; which may include one of their options depending on the year group of the student.

Years 9 – 11

Combined Science – Trilogy Subject content

 Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

 

Chemistry

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

 

Physics

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.

 

What’s assessedBiology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
How it’s assessed

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

What’s assessedBiology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
How it’s assessed

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

What’s assessedChemistry 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

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

What’s assessedChemistry 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

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

What’s assessedPhysics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
How it’s assessed

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

What’s assessedPhysics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism
How it’s assessed

  • AQA Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
QuestionsMultiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

Biology 8461 – Subject content

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

 Assessments

Paper 1
What’s assessedTopics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

 

Paper 2
What’s assessedTopics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

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

Chemistry 8462 Subject content

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

Assessments

Paper 1:
What’s assessedTopics 1–5: 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 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

 

Paper 2:
What’s assessedTopics 6–10: 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 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

 Physics (8463) Subject content

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics (physics only)

Assessments

Paper 1:
What’s assessedTopics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

 

Paper 2:
What’s assessedTopics 5-8: 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.
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
Questions

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

 

Useful Web Links

AQA – Combined Science trilogy

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

 

Seperate Science:

Biology

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics

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

All students have access to

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

samlearning.com

bbcbitesize

phet.colorado.edu (science simulations and models)

Username initial + surname e.g ahouse

Password  same (unless the student has changed it)  initial + surname e.g ahouse

Institution code RY3

Textbooks and resources can be found here.

 

Any parents or students who would like more information about the course should contact Mr Powell who will be happy to answer any questions.