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GCSE Science qualification reforms

Science Department

The work undertaken at Key Stage 3 in Science provides the foundations that give a broad understanding of scientific principles. Our course broadly follows the Activate Scheme and is packed full of practical activities and allows students to develop numerous skills e.g. practical, personal learning, reflective learning, creative thinking and enables them to become team workers. There is a strong link to everyday life where students look at 'how science works' in the real world and discuss future solutions to scientific challenges. At Key Stage 4 the course allows all students to access to their particular future careers. The topics addressed include relevant and interesting areas of Science including investigating a crime scene, science in medicine and practical science projects. For those wanting to go on and undertake Science A -Levels, the Triple Science course allows access to the 3 individual sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All courses use a high degree of practical work, which both engages students and helps them learn about Health and Safety and its relevance in the workplace.

Year 7 Year 8
Cells, Movement and Reproduction Respiration and Photosynthesis
Particle model and separating mixtures Periodic Table, Chemical energy and Types of Reaction
Earth, Climate and atmosphere Electromagnets, Voltage and resistance and Magnetism
Sound and Light Variation, Evolution and Inheritance
Speed, gravity & contact forces Energy, Transfers and Work
Breathing and Digestion Interdependence and Plant Reproduction



Assessment details - Students are assessed at the end of each topic covered above. They will also sit an end of year test during the summer term.

Years 9 - 11

AQA Trilogy (Double award) AQA Biology (Single award) AQA Chemistry (Single award) AQA Physics (Single award)

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Pressure, Wave and Wave Properties Electicity Rate and extent of reactions
Metals and reactions, Acids and Alkalis Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter Inheritance, variation and evolution
Cell Biology Infection and response Magentism and Electromagnetism
Atomic structure and the periodic table Particle model of matter Mock Revision
Energy Quantitative Ecology 
Organisation Bioenergetics Using resources & Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  Chemical changes




  Organic Chemistry  
  Year 10 Mock Revision  

Assessment details - Students will be assessed at the end of each topic covered above. External assessment details Triple Science






2 papers equal weighting

Topics 1-4 Topics 5-7 Under arching principles

1 hour 45 mins 100 marks


2 papers equal weighting

Topics 1-5 Topics 6-10 (topics 1-3 on both common content)

1 hour 45 mins 100 marks


2 papers equal weighting

Topics 1-4 Topics 5-8

1 hour 45 mins 100 marks

External Assessment details Trilogy Science (double award)


Six papers, 11⁄4 hours, 70 marks

Two papers for each subject

Assessment split by content as separates

Questions on practical work in all papers

Assessment principles
  • Assessment of Science, not English comprehension
  • Consistent range of question types
  • Consistent command words
  • Standard wording/instructions
  • Simple, direct wording
  • Simple Layout/spacing
  • Straightforward diagrams, graphs and tables
Physics Equations
  • 23 equations students need to know and be able to apply 21 in combined science)
  • 12 equations students must be able to select and apply (7 in combined science)
  • Grades 1-3 will be given equation to apply. Simple equations with substitution of two numbers, no transformations
  • Grades 4-5 will be given prompt 'Write down the equation that links...' Calculation will involve something 'extra'
  • Grades 6-7 no prompt. Questions will involve transformations or 'something extra'
  • Grades 8-9 no prompts. Include complex equations. Will involve transformations and multiple steps
Required Practical's
  • There are 28 required practical activities which students must be familiar with:
  • 10 for Biology, of which three are for students studying GCSE Biology only
  • 8 for Chemistry, of which two are for students studying GCSE Chemistry only
  • 10 for Physics, of which two are for students studying GCSE Physics only
  • There are 21 Required practical's for Trilogy Science Maths in Science
  • Trilogy papers will have at least 20% of the marks for mathematical skills
  • Ratio approximately 1:2:3 (in Biology:Chemistry:Physics)
  • Separates: Biology 10%, Chemistry 20%, Physics 30%
  • In Foundation Tier papers, the level of maths is 'not lower than that expected at Key Stage 3'
  • In Higher Tier papers, the level of mathematics is 'not lower than that of questions and tasks in assessments for the Foundation Tier in a GCSE Qualification in Mathematics'
Enrichment opportunities

Regular enrichment opportunities are available for students at different points throughout the year. The science department will communicate these via letter or text message closer to the time.

How to support your child in ...

Students are requested to watch the BBC News on a nightly basis. There are regular news items that relate science to the world around us and new developments taking place. Examiners regularly use these new developments to help write exam questions.

BBC Bitesize is a free revision tool for students allowing them to direct their own revision. Please use the topic lists above to help ensure regular revision of work. Revision for the year 11 Exam should start in the September of Year 11. Where students should be revising the content learnt in year 10.


MR N LATHAM(Head of Science)
MRS Y JENKINSON (Laboratory Technician)
MISS S WILD (Science Teacher)
MRS V WHITFIELD(Science Teacher\ Head of KS4\ Head of Year 7)
MISS E ENTWISTLE(Science Teacher)
MRS G BINTLIFF (Science Teacher\ Maths Teacher)