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Science

KS4

From January, Year 9 will begin the GCSE course. 

Spring Term 1

  • GCSE preparation module in order to consolidate the learning from Key Stage 3 and make a successful transition into Key Stage 4.
  • Revising and consolidating Chemistry fundamentals, such as organisation and terminology of the periodic table.
  • Revising and consolidating Physics fundamentals, such as basic calculations, electromagnetic induction and balancing forces.
  • Revising and consolidating Biology fundamentals, such as the hierarchical organisation of the physiology of living organisms.
  • Revising and consolidating the skills required for success at GCSE, such as graph construction and data interpretation, synthesising and constructing detailed, written answers and being able to apply previously learned concepts when asked for information out of context.

Spring 2 and Summer 1:

The first three GCSE modules from the OCR 21st Century Science, Core Syllabus.

  • Biology 1 – You and your Genes
  • Chemistry 1 – Air Quality
  • Physics 1 – The Earth in the Universe

Year 10 & 11

For year 10 and 11 students will be given the opportunity to either work towards the OCR 21st Century Double Science (2 GCSEs) or the OCR 21st Century Triple Science (3 GCSEs) (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)

Course Breakdown

21st Century Double Science (2 GCSEs)

Biology Units

  • B1- You and your genes
  • B2 - Keeping healthy
  • B3 - Life on Earth
  • B4 - The processes of life
  • B5 - Growth and development
  • B6 - Brain and mind

Chemistry Units

  • C1 – air quality
  • C2 – Material choices
  • C3 – Chemicals in our lives
  • C4 – chemical patterns
  • C5 – chemicals of the natural world
  • C6 – chemical synthesis

Physics

  • P1 – The Earth and the universe
  • P2  - Radiation and life
  • P3 – Sustainable energy
  • P4 – Explaining motion
  • P5 – Electrical circuits
  • P6 – Radioactive materials

Exams

  • Two Biology exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (B1, B2, B3……B4, B5, B6)
  • Two Physics exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (P1, P2, P3……P4, P5, P6)
  • Two Chemistry exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (C1, C2, C3……C4, C5, C6)
  • Controlled Assessments in year 10 and year 11 – 3 pieces (at the moment!)

21st Century Triple Science (2 GCSEs)

Students will study -

  • 7 biology modules
  • 7 chemistry modules
  • 7 physics modules

In addition to B1-6, C1-6 and P1-6 (see Double Science notes), student will cover three extra units

Further Biology

Movement and Exercise, Circulation, Maintaining Body Temperature, Regulating Blood Sugar, Ecosystems, New Technologies

Further Chemistry

Green Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids and Esters, Energy Changes in Chemistry, Reversible Reactions and Equilibria, Chromatography, Volumetric Analysis

Further Physics

Naked Eye Astronomy, Light, Telescopes and Images, Mapping the Universe, The Sun and Other Stars, The Astronomy Community.

Exams

  • Three Biology exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (B1, B2, B3……B4, B5, B6)
  • Three Physics exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (P1, P2, P3……P4, P5, P6)
  • Three Chemistry exams – 1 hour each (each worth 25%)
    (C1, C2, C3……C4, C5, C6)
  • Controlled Assessments in year 10 and year 11 – 3 pieces (at the moment!)

Controlled Assessments

Over the two year course students will take part in three controlled assessment tasks:

  • a Case Study (Summer 1 - Year 10)
  • Practical Data Analysis (Summer 2 - Year 10)
  • Practical Investigation Task (Spring 1 - Year 11)