Key Stage 4 Science
Following recent national curriculum reform, our GCSE course will follow the course provided by AQA for all students who will achieve their GCSE qualifications from 2018.
Students will start on their GCSE course in year 9.
There are a number of changes in our new science curriculum, including:
- There will be a new 9–1 grading system, replacing A*–G
- There are no controlled assessments in the new qualifications. There will however be a number of core practical experiments all students will be required to undertake throughout the course, in addition to practical work used to support teaching and learning of theory
- Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up at least 15% of the assessments. There will also be some recall of equations required in physics
- Specifications will include new and updated content, in line with the required subject criteria outlined by the Department for Education.
The majority of our students will study Combined Science. This gives a balanced coverage of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and will result in students achieving 2 grades for science. All assessment will be by external examination at the end of Year 11. All exams will carry equal weighting in the overall grade achieved, and will utilise a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions
Girls will also be given the option to take Separate Sciences when making their curriculum choices in Year 9. This will lead to students achieving separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will include additional subject content. All assessment will still be through external examination, but the exams will be longer than those for Combined Science. Exams will still utilise a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. This will be essential grounding for progression to A level.