Science – Separate

Staffing and Role

Dr Wilson – Head of Science
Miss Laine – Teacher of Science
Mr Hill – Teacher of Science
Mrs Haslam – Teacher of Science
Mrs Gray – Teacher of Science
Mrs Romain – Teacher of Science

KS4 Curriculum

Students will begin their Key Stage 4 Science course during Year 9 and will study topics from all 3 science subject areas.

How will it be assessed?

All GCSEs are now linear rather than modular. This means that all exams will take place at the end of the course. There is no coursework component, although practical lessons will help prepare students to answer questions in the exams.

Separate sciences comprise GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics, graded from 4-9 for Higher Tier. Students are awarded three distinct GCSE grades.

There are six papers: two per GCSE. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4 Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7
Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5 Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6 – 10
Physics Paper 1: Topics P1 – 4 Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 8
All the above papers consist of:

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Mathematical skills will be tested in a minimum of 10% of marks in biology; 20% in chemistry; and 30% in physics.

Working scientifically will be tested in 15% of marks, relating to the 21 required practical activities students will complete during this course.

Each paper will consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. Students can be entered at either the Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject Content

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4 Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7
  • B1: Cell biology
  • B2: Organisation
  • B3: Infection and response
  • B4: Bioenergetics
  • B5: Homeostasis and response
  • B6: Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • B7: Ecology
Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5 Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6-10
  • C1: Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • C2: Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • C3: Quantitative chemistry
  • C4: Chemical changes
  • C5: Energy changes
  • C6: The rate and extent of chemical change
  • C7: Organic chemistry
  • C8: Chemical analysis
  • C9: Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • C10: Using resources
Physics Paper 1: Topics P1 – 4 Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 8
  • P1: Energy
  • P2: Electricity
  • P3: Particle model of matter
  • P4: Atomic structure
  • P5: Forces
  • P6: Waves
  • P7: Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • P8: Space physics

Which resources can support my child?

CGP “New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics: AQA” revision guides and workbooks.

Revision resources on Show My Homework.

How can I support my child?

  • Ensure your child is using their revision guide to prepare for unit tests and exams
  • Check they are doing their homework, ask to see it
  • Test their mathematical skills, and ensure they have memorised the equations list
  • Encourage the weekly production of mind maps or revision cards, and completion of practice exam questions

Further information

For more details, please contact Dr Wilson, Head of Science, at: r.wilson@testbourne.hants.sch.uk

Alternatively, the specification, specimen papers and mark schemes are available for download from the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

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