Science KS4

Science KS4

In science lessons all students in Years 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.

Exam Specification : AQA : Combined Science Trilogy

At the end of year 8, some students will opt to study for three individual GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics using one of their option choices.

Exam Specification : AQA : Biology

Exam Specification : AQA : Chemistry

Exam Specification : AQA : Physics

 

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 and lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

Years 9 – 11 – 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
There are two papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

 

Years 9 – 11 – 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
There are two papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

 

Years 9 – 11 – 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
There are two papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

 

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