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GCSE Science

Key Stage 4 Curriculum


All year 10 and 11 students study science at John Ruskin School.  The course features many of the major theories of science, presented in a way that will encourage young people to appreciate their significance. Students explore the key science explanations which help us to make sense of our lives. The GCSE science course also explores these aspects of science so as to prepare young people to deal with issues such as childhood vaccinations, air quality, and mobile phone safety as they arise. Future scientists will also benefit from this study of how science works. Central to the science course is an understanding of the major science explanations and of the key ideas about science. These are what we want students to take with them from the course and carry with them into their adult lives, whether or not they use science in their work.

All science students will be on the new specification and will be awarded a number not a grade. Numbers start from 1 to 9, 1 being the lowest (equivalent to a current grade G), 9 being the highest (equivalent to the top 50% of a current grade A*). Currently a C and above is considered to be a “good pass”, the new benchmark will be a number 5. Students will be awarded a 5 if they achieve the equivalent of the current top third of a grade C and bottom third of a grade B.

The new specification is AQA GCSE Science.

 

NEW TRILOGY GCSE

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Biology – Cell biology,  Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics,  Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

Chemistry –  Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources

Physics – Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessments

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. They will each be 1 hour 15 minutes long, consisting multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response and contribute 16.7% each. Pupils sitting Trilogy Science will gain two GCSEs.

NEW TRIPLE SCIENCES

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Biology – Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution,  Ecology, Key ideas

Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources

Physics – Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics (physics only)

Assessments

2 Written exams 1 hour 45 minutes, consisting multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response and contribute 50% each of separate GCSEs. Pupils sitting separate sciences will gain three GCSEs.


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