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Science - KS4

GCSE SEPARATE SCIENCES
Examination Course: AQA Course Code:   Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462, Physics 8463

What is the course about?
This course is taken by students with a particular interest in Science and provides the very best preparation for the study of Science at A-Level and beyond. In this course Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by experts in their field and upon completion; students will receive three GCSEs (one for each subject).

What skills and ideas will I learn?

In GCSE Separate Sciences students study all the material covered in Combined Science but in greater depth to extend their knowledge and understanding. This provides an excellent preparation for the study of sciences in Year 12.  

How is the course assessed?

Students will obtain a separate grade for each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Biology 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Chemistry 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Physics 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

All careers require the discipline of scientific study, rigorous investigative skills and carefully considered evaluation. This course will provide the ideal route into A-level sciences, which are required for medical, engineering, environmental, educational and forensic careers.

GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE

What is the course about?

Combined Science is taken by the majority of our students and offers an excellent grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Upon completion students will receive two GCSE grades in science.

The course is structured as follows:

1. One unit of Biology, one of Chemistry and one of Physics in Year 10.

2. One further unit of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 11.

Successful completion of Combined Science to a good standard (Grade 5 or above) will enable you to study A Level Sciences.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

Combined Science is delivered in the following units:

Year 10

Biology 1:         Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response, and Bioenergetics
Chemistry 1:  Atomic structure and the Periodic table, Bonding, Structure, the
                           Properties of Matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes

Physics 1:        Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

Year 11

Biology 2:        Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution, Ecology

Chemistry 2: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical

analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using resources

Physics 2:       Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism

In all subjects there will be a greater emphasis on the acquisition and development of Scientific, Investigative and Analytical skills than in previous years. 

N.B. All combined Science GCSE exams will take place at the end of Year 11, and there is no longer a coursework component as skills relating to practicals will be assessed in the terminal exams.

GCSE Separate Sciences is an option for students with a particular interest in science and requires them to use one of their option choices. It provides the very best preparation for the study of science at A-Level and beyond. In this course, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by experts in their field and upon completion students will receive 3 GCSEs (one for each subject). 

AQA ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE

Exam Board: AQA   Course Number: 5960

Entry Level in Science is specifically designed to meet the needs of students for whom GCSE Science is not appropriate. Students will complete the double award, which covers the KS4 programme of study, and comprises units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and links closely to the new GCSEs. A select number of students may then be entered for AQA GCSE Science in Year 11. This decision will be reached in consultation with parents/carers and the students’ teachers.

This course covers the KS4 Science Programme of Study and contains the following two units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology

  • 1. Component 1- Biology: The human body
  • 2. Component 2 - Biology: Environment, evolution and inheritance

Chemistry

  • 3. Component 3 - Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • 4. Component 4 - Chemistry: Chemistry in our world

Physics

  • 5. Component 5 - Physics: Energy, forces and the structure of matter
  • 6. Component 6 - Physics: Electricity, magnetism and waves

How are the courses assessed?

Combined Science: 6 x 75 minute terminal exams each contributing 16.7% of the course grades.

Question Types: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

AQA Entry Level Certificate in Science

AQA ELC contains two different assessments:

Students need to submit six externally-set assignments (ESAs) which consist of a short written test, as well as six teacher-devised assignments (TDAs) which consist of a short piece of practical work. Students are graded from Entry 1 up to Entry 3. Some students may also be entered for the Combined Science GCSE at the end of Year 11.

GCSE Separate Sciences: Students will obtain a separate grade for each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Biology 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Chemistry 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

Physics 2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams each contributing 50% to the GCSE

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

Combined Science: Science affects all areas of life and it allows you to make informed decisions. Scientific skills are highly regarded by employers and are essential for many A-Level courses.

GCSE Science Triple Award: All careers require the discipline of scientific study, rigorous investigative skills and carefully considered evaluation. This course will provide the ideal route into A-Level sciences which are required for medical, engineering, environmental, educational and forensic careers.

AQA Entry Level Certificate in Science: The Entry Level Certificate course develops scientific practical and theory skills and is a good route to go on to Combined Science.

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