Thomas Keble Science Key Stage 4

Science KS4

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The subjects are as follows:

 

Core Science

Separate SciencesEntry Level Science

Combined Science – Synergy

 

Most students study for a Combined Science GCSE over two and a half years. This course is intended for the majority of students to provide them with a good grasp of science and the scientific principles. The Synergy course breaks Science into big ideas and mixes the Sciences more closely together. The Combined Science courses are the usual route to study A level Sciences. The units covered in each GCSE are given below and full specifications can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Units covered:

  • Building blocks
  • Transport over larger distances
  • Interactions with the environment
  • Explaining change
  • Building blocks for understanding
  • Interactions over small and large distances
  • Movement and interactions
  • Guiding spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future

Pupils are assessed by four 1hr 45min papers at the end of the course. The papers not only test the content, but also the practical ability of the students. The assessment objectives are given below and are tested in the ratio 40%:40%:20%.

  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of Science.
  • AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of science in practical and other contexts.
  • AO3 Analyse and evaluate evidence, make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions based on evidence.

At the end of the course, students are awarded a double 9-1 grade in Science. Eg 5-5 or 4-5.

To support pupils through the course, pupils are recommended to purchase revision guides which are available at reduced cost through the school.

 

Combined Science – Trilogy

Most students study for a Combined Science GCSE over two and a half years. This course is intended for the majority of students to provide them with a good grasp of Science and the scientific principles. The Trilogy course most closely mirrors the Separate Science courses and follows the traditional pattern of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Combined Science courses are the usual route to study A level Sciences. The units covered in each GCSE are given below and full specifications can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Biology    

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

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

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Pupils are assessed by six 1hr 15min papers at the end of the course. The papers not only test the content, but also the practical ability of the students. The assessment objectives are given below and are tested in the ratio 40%:40%:20%.

  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of science.
  • AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of science in practical and other contexts.
  • AO3 Analyse and evaluate evidence, make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions based on evidence.

At the end of the course, students are awarded a double 9-1 grade in Science. Eg 5-5 or 4-5.

To support pupils through the course, pupils are recommended to purchase revision guides which are available at reduced cost through the school.

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