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KS4 GCSE Science

Students follow the EDEXCEL (9-1) course leading to either 2 or 3 GCSE’s at KS4. Students will be given a 1-9 grade.

KS4 GCSE Combined Science

Students follow the EDEXCEL Combined Science (9-1) GCSE course leading to 2 GCSE’s. This consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. They will be assessed by exam papers at the end of the course in Year 11. There are 2 exam papers for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will sit all papers at the end of year 11. Each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are equally weighted. Practical skills are assessed through the exam papers and are taught throughout the course.

In Biology students will study

– Key concepts in biology, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicines, plant structures and their functions, animal coordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles.

In Chemistry students will study

– Key concepts in chemistry, states of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals and equilibria, Groups in the periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science.

In Physics students will study

– Key of physics, motion and forces, conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity, forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter.

Separate Sciences

Students studying separate Science will gain GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some topics studied are those shared with the Combined Science GCSE’s and others are additional and designed to help bridge the gap between GCSE and A level.