Science (KS4)

SCIENCE

 Course Description:

 Science is a set of ideas about the material world. AQA have included all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or thinking about them and testing them. The way scientific ideas flow through the course will support students in building a deep understanding of science. We know this will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing experimental work, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models.

 

Throughout the course students will learn to work scientifically, develop their mathematical skills and their use of apparatus and experimental techniques. These skills will be assessed throughout the course.

Triple Science (3 GCSEs)

Examination Board:  AQA GCSE Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Assessment:

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course in summer 2019.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Students can take higher tier or foundation tier papers.

Each written exam is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 50% of each of the GCSE courses. E.g. Each Biology paper is worth 50% of the Biology GCSE.

The questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

There is no coursework for this qualification.

 

Paper

What’s assessed?

Biology Paper 1

 

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

Physics Paper 1

·         Topics 2, 4, 6 and 7: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2

·         Topics 1, 3, 5 and 8: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (8464): Specification 

 

Assessment:

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course in summer 2018.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Students can take higher tier or foundation tier papers.

Each written exam is 1 hour 15 minutes long and is worth 16.7% of the GCSE.

The questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

There is no coursework for this qualification.

 

Paper

What’s assessed?

Biology Paper 1

 

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

Physics Paper 1

·         Physics topics 18 – 21: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

 

Physics Paper 2

·         Physics topics 22 – 24: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

 

Why Study Science?

Science is compulsory at GCSE level but St Bart’s offers 2 courses; triple or combined science. Throughout year 9 the students’ work is closely monitored and recorded. At the end of year 9 the Science staff work collaboratively to make decisions over which students they feel would be best suited to doing triple Science. This decision is based on the quality of students’ work as well as their attitude to learning and the students’ preference to some degree. During year 9, students will complete six end of topic tests as well as an end of year exam; this information will be helpful in the decision making process.

Letters will be sent to parents in early July informing them of the course which will be followed by their child in years 10 and 11.  Students offered the triple science route will have the option to decline if they feel that they would rather study for combined science.

Further information on Science can be obtained from Miss C Savage, KS4 Co-ordinator for Science.