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Curriculum: Science Key Stage 4


At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take one of the following pathways in Science:

  • Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics)
  • Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

During Years 9, 10 and 11 our students follow the recognised  'Kerboodle AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1' schemes of work for science. In Year 9, as part of the options process, students need to decide if they will study Triple Science or Combined Science at GCSE.  We encourage students to take the Triple Science option as it is an excellent foundation for studying science based A Level courses at college and leads to a wide range of career options. However, we also recognise that for other students, whose college interests may lie elsewhere, that the Combined Science option provides an excellent foundation for scientific study at Key Stage 5.

Both the Triple Science and Combined Science courses are very similar in structure, involving several modules covering all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These are examined terminally at the end of year 11. All GCSE courses follow the AQA 9-1 specifications.  (GCSE Biology 8461, GCSE Chemistry 8462, GCSE Physics 8463 and GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 8464)

Textbooks and resources are available online through the Kerboodle website, every student has an individual log-in.  Revision guides are also available to purchase from school.

Year 9 - During Year 9 the following GCSE content is currently covered:

AQA BIOLOGY TRILOGY :  Kerboodle Chapters B5 Communicable diseases, B6 Preventing and treating disease, B7 Non-Communicable diseases, B15 Adaptations, interdependence and competition. Required practical: Food testing
AQA CHEMISTRY TRILOGY  : Kerboodle Chapters C11 The Earth’s Atmosphere, C1 Atomic Structure, C2 The Periodic Table. Required practical: Chromatography
AQA PHYSICS TRILOGY : Kerboodle Chapters P11 Wave Properties, P12 Electromagnetic waves including sound waves, The uses of ultrasound and seismic waves, Required practical: Force and Extension.

Year 10 - During Year 10 the following GCSE content is covered:

Biology - Combined Science Trilogy - Kerboodle Chapters B1-4, B8, B9
Biology - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters B1-4, B8-11
Chemistry - Combined Science Trilogy -Kerboodle Chapters C3-8
Chemistry - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters C3-11
Physics - Combined Science Trilogy - Kerboodle Chapters P1-7
Physics - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters P1-10

Year 11 - During Year 10 the following GCSE content is covered:

Biology - Combined Science Trilogy - Kerboodle Chapters B10-14, B16, B17
Biology - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters B12-18
Chemistry - Combined Science Trilogy - Kerboodle Chapters C9-12
Chemistry - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters C11-12, C14, C15
Physics - Combined Science Trilogy - Kerboodle Chapters P8-13
Physics - Triple Science - Kerboodle Chapters P10-16

Additional information on Key Stage 4 Science including links to AQA GCSE specification

For additional information relating to the Science curriculum at Key Stage 4, please email

Mrs E Bond - Key Stage 4 Science


 

Richard Lander School