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KS4 Science Combined

Combined Science

We currently follow the AQA Trilogy specification for our combined science classes which was developed to “inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.”

Trilogy has been designed to be interesting and relevant to all students and to ensure that the biology, chemistry and physics content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order with clear opportunities for skills development throughout KS4. In addition to this, the combined science route provides opportunity for progression to A-levels in science or other subjects.

At the end of year 11 students will sit six exam papers in total: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the 75-minute-long exam papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and required practicals with a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. They will be awarded two GCSES from grades 9-9, 9-8 to 2-1, 1-1.

The topics covered are as follows:

Biology Paper 1: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Physics Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Chemistry Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

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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