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KS4 Science A Core
Year 10 - Curriculum Information
During year 10 all students will sit 3 exams, Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1. They will also complete an ISA, which is the coursework aspect of the science course. Students are given the opportunity to complete more than one ISA and their best mark is submitted. Together, these 3 components gain the students a Core Science GCSE (AQA). This grade is the first of their 2 science GCSEs.
The Units they cover in year 10 include:
Biology 1 B1.1 Keeping Healthy
B1.2 Nerves and Hormones
B1.3 The Use and Above Drugs
B1.4 Interdependence and Adaptations
B1.5 Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
B1.6 The Carbon Cycle
B1.7 Genetic Variation and its Control
Chemistry 1 C1.1 The Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry
C1.2 Limestone and Building Materials
C1.3 Properties and Uses of Metals
C1.4 Crude Oil and Fuels
C1.5 Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil
C1.6 Plant Oils and their Uses
C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere
Physics 1 P1.1The Transfer of Energy by Heating Processes
P1.2 Energy and Efficiency
P1.3 The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances
P1.4 Methods of Generating Electricity
P1.5 The Uses of Waves for Communication
The completion of exams in year 10 will change from September 2015 in line with the new government changes.
Physics ISA (practical coursework assessment)
In either pathway, students must complete 3 exams in each topic area and an ISA. This will provide them with a total of 3 science GCSEs.
Year 11 - Curriculum Information
Students will take one of the following three pathways:
Pathway 1 – Additional Science
Most students will continue on to study Additional Science GCSE. This is very similar to the Core Science course they take in year 10 and consists of a Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2 examination, with another ISA. Again, they will complete a number of ISA assessments and the best mark will be submitted to the exam board.
Pathway 2 – Triple Science
The top 2 groups will sit the Additional Science GCSE as detailed in pathway 1, with a Further Additional Science GCSE. This leads to a total of 3 science exams awarded to these students. They will also sit a Biology 3, Chemistry 3 and Physics 3 exam in the summer.
Pathway 3 – Additional Applied Science
Some Students will take the Additional Applied Science course. This course is a more vocational science course and includes topics such as Forensic Science, Health and Safety, and Material Science. Students will complete 2 assignments that will count for 60% of the overall course grade, and one exam in the summer that will make up the remaining 40% of the grade. This course will be discontinued from Summer 2015.
Key Stage 4 - How parents/carers can support their child
There are a number of ways that you can support your child though their GCSE Science course, including:
- Encouraging them to use BBC Bitesize and GCSEPod for regular revision of topics. Your child should be revising thoroughly for every end of topic test and final exam.
- Purchasing a revision guide – we recommend the CGP series of books as they cover all of the necessary content in a student friendly way.
- Check that they are completing all homework on time and check their exercise book on a regular basis; have they completed homework? Have they completed all of their corrections? Are they receiving praise for excellent work?
- Contact the Science teacher if there is anything you are concerned about, or require further guidance.
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