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KEY STAGE 4 (YEAR’S 9, 10 and 11)

At the beginning of Year 9, students will follow a practical and skill based programme to prepare them for the new GCSE course which usually commences at the beginning of October of Year 9. This programme consists of the following topics:
What is Science? Why study Science?
How do we use scientific thinking to solve problems? (Literacy)
What are the mathematical skills needed in science? (Numeracy)
Preparation for units from the GCSE science course

All students will follow the Combined Science programme (previously the core and additional award). In Year 11, a number of students will be selected to study the Separate Sciences (previously the triple award), and the rest continue to study Combined Science.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out 21 required practical’s as part of their overall GCSE award.

The examinations are terminal (assessed at the end of Year 11).

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers.


Biology paper 1

What's assessed

Biology topics 1 – 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.


Biology paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.


Chemistry paper 1

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8 – 12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.


Chemistry paper 2

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13 – 17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.


Physics paper 1

What's assessed

Physics topics 18 – 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.


Physics paper 2

What's assessed

Physics topics 22 – 24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism


How science is assessed

Written exams: 6 X 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tiers

70 marks per paper

16.7 % of GCSE per paper

Style of questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.




BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science – Edexcel (Pearson)


Guided learning hours: 180

Award: 0.5 of an A-Level (Certificate)

Topics: (1) Principles and applications of science (2) Practical scientific procedures and techniques


Guided learning hours: 180

Award: 0.5 of an A-Level (Extended Certificate)

Topics: (3) Science investigation skills (4) Physiology of Human body systems

The BTEC course includes external examinations, coursework and practical examinations.

The AS Certificate and A2 Extended Certificate together make up 1 A-Level

A Levels


Topics 1-4 Year 12 - Biological Molecules, Cells, Exchange, DNA and Bioiversity.

Topics 5-8 Year 13 - Bioenergetics, Response and Homeostasis, Evolution and Ecosystems and Control of Gene Expression

Linear exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: assessing content of the first 4 topics including relevant practical skills

Paper 2: assessing content of the remaining 4 topics, including relevant practical skills

Paper 3: assessing content of all 8 topics, including relevant practical skills


Topics Year 12: Physical Chemistry 1, Inorganic Chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry 1

Topics Year 13: Physical Chemistry 2, Inorganic Chemistry 2 and Organic Chemistry 2

Linear exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 2: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 3: Synoptic Paper (all topics and all practical skills)


Topics Year 12: 1 Measurements and their errors, 2 Particles and radiation, 3 Waves, 4 Mechanics and materials, 5 Electricity

Topics Year 13: 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics, 7 Fields and their consequences, 8 Nuclear physic​s and Astrophysics

Linear exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: testing sections 1 to 5 and 6.1

Paper 2: testing sections 6.2, 7 and 8

Paper 3: testing students practical skills and the unit of Astrophysics.

Who are we?

Lead Teacher of Science

Mrs S Whitlock

Assistant Head of Science

Mr D Burke


Mr G O'Connor

Mr J Marriner

Miss S Davies

Mrs E Sheedy

Miss K Syvret

Miss A Nazir

Miss H Hughes

Mr D Gariff

Mrs L Humphries


Mrs J Lamb

Ms J Davies