Key Stage 4
What will I learn?
All pupils in Year 9 are now studying towards the newly revised Science GCSEs. The course teaching is divided into the three science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each subject is sub-divided into several theory modules, covering a vast range of ideas about how organisms and the world around them work. You will also learn how to conduct investigations and how to record and analyse the results, as well as evaluating your methods. You will acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and the essential role of science in society.
How will I be tested?
Throughout the course you will complete end-of-unit tests in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as graded homework tasks. However, final GCSE grades are all determined by exams taken at the end of Year 11. These GCSEs will be graded 9-1.
You are being entered for ‘Double’ Science. This course is officially called GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. On this course, pupils still study all 3 subjects, but will be awarded with 2 grades which reflect overall average performance across the 3 sciences.
Controlled assessments no longer form part of the course and all performance is judged from the final exams. However, you will complete several ‘Required Practicals’ throughout the course. It is expected that all pupils complete these, and they will be assessed in the final exams.
Theory exams will contain a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short, structured questions and questions requiring extended responses. They will also test some core maths skills as well as the practical and investigative skills needed to be a good scientist. There will be six exams in total: two for each science subject.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught in groups with students of mixed ability, not in ‘sets’. You will have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be taught by staff that specialise in each of these. You will be expected to take part in practical work and investigations. Demonstrations are used to explain scientific theories and ideas. Whole class teaching, small group work, research, presentations, discussions and debates are all common practice in science lessons.
Science is relevant to all whether you enter employment at 16 or go on to further study. These GCSEs provide excellent preparation for all post-16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, PE, Geography and Food Technology at A Level.