Key Stage 4


The Science faculty delivers different Science courses at Key Stage 4 designed to enable students of all abilities and aptitudes to meet their full potential:  GCSE courses in Science A, Additional Science and Triple Science. The KS4 course starts in year 9 for Science and runs through to the end of year 11.

During Year 9 part of the assessment we make is to decide which style best suits each individual student.  When drawing up teaching groups for Year 10 work, we group students partly with respect to ability but we also match students to the two different courses, according to how they learn most effectively.  Students will be informed in July as to which group and therefore which course they will be assigned to for Years 10 and 11.


Course Description:

There are two routes through the GCSE Science curriculum.

The first consists of a Double award GCSE. Students will take Science A exams at the end of Year 10 and Additional Science exams at the end of Year 11. Completion of Science A will give students their first GCSE in Science.  Completion of Additional Science will give students their second GCSE in Science.

One group of students from each half year group will work towards Triple Award Science and these students will take all their written exams in the Summer of Yr 11.  These groups are identified on the basis of aptitude, performance and a preference to take an accelerated Science course. They will complete work on Science A, Additional and Further Science by the end of Year 11 and attain separate grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

All students in the year group will take either the Science A or work towards their triple award GCSE in Y10.

The courses we offer are designed to enable students to become confident citizens in a technological world by developing scientific skills and knowledge, stimulating curiosity and promoting an awareness of the applications of science in a changing world.

At St. Bart’s we retain the separate identities of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  There is a carefully constructed programme to ensure that each student is taught by specialist teachers in these areas.

Teaching and Learning Styles:

Experimental work is a key element in all our teaching and forms the basis for the assessment of practical skills.  All students have textbooks to use at home and use of the internet for extra research is encouraged.  IT plays a part in the course with data loggers and computers used when appropriate. Emphasis is placed on the application of science to the world around us.

The topics are:

Science A

Biology 1:

Healthy bodies

Coordination and control


Interdependence and adaptation




Chemistry 1:

Fundamental ideas


Metals from rocks

Fuels from oils

Chemicals from alkenes

Using plant oils

Earth and atmosphere

Physics 1:


Energy and efficiency

Electrical devices

Generating electricity


Red shift


Additional Science

Biology 2:



Organisms and their environment




Organisms changing over time

Chemistry 2:

Atoms, elements and compounds


Relative masses



Making salts



Physics 2: 

Forces and motion

Kinetic energy

Electrical circuits

Electrical safety


Nuclear fission and fusion


Further Science [Triple classes only]

Biology 3:


Transporting materials


Humans and the environment

Chemistry 3:

Periodic Table


Energy from reactions

Identifying and analysing substances


Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

Physics 3:

Medical applications of physics

Lenses and light

Making things work

Keeping things moving


In Year 10 the Science A topics are examined by three one hour long written exams in June. Together these account for 75% of the marks towards the GCSE grade.

In Year 11 the Additional Science topics are examined by three one hour long exam papers in June. Together these account for 75% of the marks towards the GCSE grade.

Students taking the separate Science route will take 9 exams in the June of Year 11. Each exam is 1 hour long.

Practical Assessment for Science A and Additional Science is worth 25% of the total marks.   The unit comprises an Investigative Skills Assignment, which is class research and practical work followed by two externally set, but internally assessed tests, taking 45 & 50 minutes respectively. Students studying triple science will carry out an ISA in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each representing 25% of their overall grade in that subject.

Entry Tiers

Higher Tier (A* to D) and Foundation Tier (C to G)

The decision about entry tier can be changed between Science disciplines, however students are taught from the beginning of the course in ability groups which will be aiming for one of the two tiers.  There is flexibility in our grouping to accommodate those students who progress at different rates.


Science is taught in ability bands

For further advice, see your Science teachers, or contact Miss Cara Savage, KS4 co-ordinator.