Science ks4

KS4 overview.

AQA Core GCSE

B1    A very in-depth look at the world of Biology and how the body keeps itself healthy including topics from health and fitness and immunity to homeostasis.  Topics also covered include Nerves, Hormones, Biomass and Decay and a complete overview of genetics and Evolution.

C1    A strong understanding of how chemistry exists in our everyday lives.  Topics covered include a detailed understanding of the Periodic Table and how it can be used to the Limestone Cycle and how the science is used in everyday building materials.  Other topics include hydrocarbons and their uses including higher level evaluating of Crude Oil and its uses.  The module then leads into polymerisation and hydrogenation of oils.

P1    Welcome to the world of physical processes of heat energy transfers types and the transfer of different energy types.  Due to the essential nature of energy especially electrical energy being used, pupils are asked to evaluate other alternative methods of renewable energy and their advantages and disadvantages.  The latter half of the module explores waves and their properties including a detailed view of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and its different components.  Higher level topics include Doppler Effect and Red Shift.

AQA Additional Science GCSE

B2    The Additional Biology topics start with the world of cells from human to plant to bacterial cells.  Topics also covered include photosynthesis and plant organs, enzymes and proteins and Respiration.  Detailed studies of processes such as Mitosis and Meiosis as well as genetic variation leading to Speciation.

C2    Pupils will be expected to write word equations for chemical reactions and be able to balance equations.  Chemistry topics also include different forms of bonding and atomic structure.  Investigative skills are fine-tuned through the study of rates of reactions, making different salts and electrolysis.

P2    Mathematical skills are utilised throughout the module of P2 with the use of different equations to explain resultant forces, motion and electrical circuits i.e. resistance and potential difference.  Other skills are also worked on through the use of atomic structure of radiation and the uses of science in a contextual aspect. As well as nuclear fission and fusion as well as gaining an understanding of the life cycle of a star.

Triple Science (3 GCSEs)

Pupils cover the topics of the Core and Additional Science GCSE specifications and thereafter further additional topics are also studied to enable pupils to gain a total of 3 GCSEs in Science.

BTEC  Principles of Applied Science

  • 75% Assignments
  • 25% External Examination

Unit 1      Principles of Science (Assessment includes a 60 minute external exam sat in November, January and June). Topics include exploring of cells, organs and genes as well as the role of the nervous and endocrine systems and how they are involved in homeostasis and sending signals around the body.  Chemistry topics include atomic structure and the periodic table as well as a view of chemical reactions.  Physics topics include energy and their transfers as well as properties and applications of waves and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Unit 2      Chemistry and Our Earth (Assessment includes four centre-based assignments).  Topics include chemical reactivity and bonding of substances and how the use of chemical substances is based on their properties.  Topics also include reactions rates of chemical reactions and factors affecting the earth and its environment.

Unit 3      Energy and Our Universe (Assessment includes three centre-based assignments).  Topics include understanding of ionising radiation and its uses and sources and knowing how electrical energy is produced from a variety of difference sources and how it can be transferred through the national grid to homes and industry.  Topics also include knowledge of the components of the solar system and how the universe is changing and methods we use to explore space.

Unit 4      Biology and Our Environment (Assessment includes three centre-based assignments).  Topics include investigating the relationships of different organisms with each other and their environment and demonstrating an understanding of the effects of human activity on the environment and how these effects can be measured.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

B1 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401

C1 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

P1 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

B2 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

C2 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

P2 overview and Specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

B1 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

C1 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

P1 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

B2 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

C2 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

P2 past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision guides to also be added at a later date.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Our science courses combine relevant, inspiring content and practical work. With a wide range of science qualifications we can provide choice and flexibility to suit pupils of different abilities and aptitudes. We support all pupils from those who want to understand the basics, through to those who want to follow a career in science or follow a Higher Education science course.

Science offers pupils a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds.  It is suitable for pupils of all abilities and helps them to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills.

The subject content is presented in five sections: How science works, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Controlled Assessments.  The How Science Works section underpins the science that pupils need to know and understand.  Science attempts to explain the world in which we live; it provides technologies that have had a great impact on our society and the environment, as well as providing skills that form a link between the real world and scientific ideas.  Scientists try to explain phenomena and solve problems using evidence.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Science form time intervention for Core GCSE students in Year 11.  Booster sessions available afterschool.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

Core/Additional Science GCSE and the individual GCSEs (Triple Sciences) are pre-requisite for individual Science A-levels i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-levels.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

A scientific calculator is needed for physics equations.

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