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Science Key Stage 4: Combined and Triple Science

 

 

GCSE Combined Science (Additional Science)

[Exam Board: AQA]

Why study this course?

GCSE Combined Science is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting in September 2016.

Science is a crucial subject and plays central role in society. Science trains you to think logically and enables you to understand technological innovations throughout your life. Science at Kings is based on a practical approach through which ideas and theories are integrated.

This two year course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As combined science is a double award course, you will gain 2 GCSEs. This course will allow you to study any of the sciences at A-level.


Students studying this course will be awarded two GCSEs in science.

 

What content is covered?

Biology content: Cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics; homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; ecology.

Chemistry content: 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 content: Forces; energy; waves; electricity; magnetism and electromagnetism; particle model of matter; atomic structure.

 

How will I be assessed?

There are six exams: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. All exams are 1 hour 15 minutes long and available in Foundation and Higher Tier. Questions are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Each exam is 70 marks in total and 16.7% of GCSE level. All exams will be taken at the end of Year 11. There is no longer a coursework unit.

Of the many practicals you will do, there are 16 that are required practicals that you will complete in class. Knowledge of these practicals will be examined in the written exams.

Further information

AQA Combined Science Exam Board Specification

For further information on Additional Science, please contact Dr Forsythe (Head of Science) at the school. 

 

GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Triple Science)

[Exam Board: AQA]

Why study this course?

The sciences are a crucial subject and play a central role in society. These subjects train you to think logically and enable you to understand technological innovations throughout your life. This option is an alternative to Combined Science and you will achieve three very highly regarded GCSE qualifications and be taught by three specialist teachers. This course is an excellent choice for anyone who is interested in Science and has a good work record already. Students should be able to work independently. We recommend this course for highly motivated students who want or need to have a good academic background in science. This course is most suitable for students working at the top of Level 5 and above by the end of KS3. You will extend your knowledge of science and develop a lifelong fascination for Science. This option is an excellent preparation for A Level Science and beyond

 

What content is covered?

GCSE Biology: Cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics; homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; ecology.

GCSE 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.

GCSE Physics: Forces; energy; waves; electricity; magnetism and electromagnetism; particle model of matter; atomic structure; space physics.

Students opting for this course will also choose from one of the following additional subjects: Full course RE, Film Studies, Statistics or Further Maths.

 

How will I be assessed?

For each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) there are 2 exams of 1 hour 45 minutes each sat at the end of Year 11. Exams are offered at Foundation and Higher Tier and are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Each exam is 100 marks and 50% of the GCSE. Of the many practicals you will do, there are 8 required practicals for each subject and knowledge of these practicals will be examined in the written exams.

Further information:

 

GCSE Biology AQA Exam Board Specification
GCSE Chemistry AQA Exam Board Specification
GCSE Physics AQA Exam Board Specification

 

For further information, please contact Dr Forsythe (Head of Science) at the school.

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