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KS4

KS4 (Year 9 -11)

From Year 9, students begin studying GCSE Science, following the AQA exam board and scheme of work for the new specification (Combined Science: Trilogy – worth 2 GCSEs).

Pupils in Year 9 have the option of selecting the Triple Science Option, which is a more in depth look at each of the topics written below, in all 3 disciplines - Biology, Chemistry and Physics - and is a great bridge for studying A-level Sciences.

Careers

Every student is required to take at least Combined Science at GCSE.  Beyond Maths and English  Science is the only fair comparator that employers can look at when looking at GCSE results.  It is a highly respect discipline both at GCSE and at A-Level.  It is a very challenging subject but because a large number of careers, college and university courses depend on scientific skill, it is also a very rewarding one.

Many careers require a firm grasp and understanding of science.  If you wish to become a nurse, vet, doctor, physiotherapist, botanist, pharmacist, science teacher (!), architect, engineer, farmer or sports trainer (to name a few) you will find the skills and knowledge you gain during the course essential.

If you are considering becoming a Primary School teacher, the current requirement is a grade 4 in sciences.

Exams

Subject

Exams

Past Papers

Combined Science (worth 2 GCSEs)

6 x 1 ¼ hour

Here

Biology

2 x 1 ¾ hour

Here

Chemistry

2 x 1 ¾ hour

Here

Physics

2 x 1 ¾ hour

Here

Course Overview

Whichever route is chosen, Double or Triple Award, students will study the following topic areas:

Biology

  • Cell biology (Y9)
  • Organisation (Y9)
  • Infection and response (Y9)
  • Bioenergetics (Y9)
  • Homeostasis and response (Y10)
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution (Y10)
  • Ecology (Y10)

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table (Y9)
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter (Y9)
  • Quantitative chemistry (Y10)
  • Chemical changes (Y10)
  • Energy changes (Y10)
  • The rate and extent of chemical change (Y10)
  • Organic chemistry (Y10)
  • Chemical analysis (Y10)
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere (Y10)
  • Using resources (Y11)

Physics

  • Forces (Y11)
  • Energy (Y9)
  • Waves (Y10)
  • Electricity (Y9)
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism (Y)
  • Particle model of matter (Y9)
  • Atomic structure (Y9)
  • Space Physics (Triple Only)

 

Triple Science students will study some of these topics in more detail as per the specifications, which can be found here:

Combined Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Required Practicals

Students are required to complete a number of practicals that will be examined in the exams at the end of the course.  A guide to these can be found here for combined science, biology, chemistry and physics.

We recommend the practical science workbook which is available for multiple retailers:

Amazon – Combined Science

Amazon - Biology, Chemistry and Physics

OUP – Combined Science

OUP – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Resources to help:

The BBC bitesize resource caters for both KS3 and KS4. It has revision notes and online tests.

 

Free Science Lessons

My-gcsescience.com

https://www.primrosekitten.com/

The CGP Revision Guides are a useful tool running up to exams.

AQA website – To download the specification, exam dates and past papers