Science KS4

 INTRODUCTION

Everyone must  follow a National Curriculum Science course. Students will study a number of Biology, Chemistry and Physics Modules meeting the AQA Specification from years 7-11. Bespoke modules of work are created to meet the needs of the students.

WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?

KS4

You will build on all the knowledge gained in KS3 to deepen your understanding and apply key ideas to new situations. There are two courses available as outlined below:

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy

This is worth two GCSE’s, students will study modules across all 3 subjects; Biology, Chemistry and Physics 

AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Separate sciences)

This is worth three GCSE’s, students will study extra modules across all 3 subjects; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Please see below for topic lists

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

25. Space (separate sciences only)

WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?

You will have the opportunity to study key concepts that you will come across in everyday life and link them to scientific ideas and their implications for society. This will be done in a creative way allowing you to complete practical activities within a laboratory setting.

You will learn to develop a critical approach to questioning the world around you.

You will learn how to collect and process scientific evidence and develop your understanding of how science works

WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?

 Year 11:

Trilogy

16 required practicals

6 exams

1 h 15m each, equally weighted

Biology, Chemistry and Physics

8 required practicals in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

6 exams

1h 45m each

 

Written exams will include questions that draw on students’ practical science experience. At least 15% of marks for each GCSE will be allocated to these.

HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?

AQA Trilogy 2GCSE’S

Students still study modules across all 3 subjects; Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Studied over 2 years

HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?

Jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field have been on the increase. In the UK, the percentage of STEM jobs has increased by 1.5% since 2008. This means that interest in working in these industries is on the rise and has its benefits. After all, in the US, STEM jobs are typically considered to be one of the highest paying industries.

Taken from: https://jobs.telegraph.co.uk/article/connecting-to-stem/

Please see this article for more information about careers in STEM

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Miss Byron (Head of Science)