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Year 11

Subject:   Year 11 Science A (Core) and Additional Science GCSE

Description of activities

GCSE Core Science gives students a good basic knowledge of Science by studying a single unit from each of the core sciences Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. The three core Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately using Unit 2 modules from the individual subject GCSEs.

Learning will be assessed by:

Each GCSE is comprised of four units. Three separate exams are taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment for each GCSE.

 

Core Science

Unit 1: Biology 1, Unit 2: Chemistry 1 and Unit 3: Physics 1

Three written papers - 1 hour each worth 60 marks - 25% of each GCSE in Core and Additional Science

Structured and closed questions with at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Additional Science

Unit 1: Biology 2, Unit 2: Chemistry 2 and Unit 3: Physics 2

Three written papers - 1 hour each worth 60 marks - 25% of each GCSE in Core and Additional Science

Structured and closed questions with at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Core Science Unit 4: Controlled Assessment

Additional Science Unit 4: Controlled Assessment

Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus practical work and data processing. The Controlled Assessment is worth 25%

 

 

Controlled assessment, deadlines and examination

KS4

Topics Covered and Controlled Assessment  Dates

Year 11

Autumn 1st half term

Unit 1: Biology 2 Additional Science

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

 

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment for Core Science

 

Autumn 2nd half term

Unit 1: Biology 2 Additional Science

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 2 Additional Science

C2.1 Structure and bonding

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C2.4 Rates of reaction

 

Spring 1st half term

Unit 2: Chemistry 2 Additional Science

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

Unit 3: Physics 2 Additional Science

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

 

Spring 2nd half term

Unit 3: Physics 2 Additional Science

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

 

Summer 1st half term

Revision programme for both Core and Additional examinations

 

Summer 2nd half term

 

Controlled assessment/Coursework

 

The tasks are set by the exam board and change each year, these are then marked by the class teacher, moderated by the science department and finally a sample is sent to the exam board for moderation.

 

 

 

 

Revision Sites:

 

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ (Students need to look at the AQA topics)
  • http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science#bm-GCSE (Students will be able to look at the specification for each subject and past exam papers)
  • www.getrevising.co.uk
  • http://www.docbrown.info/

 

 

Planned Support:

Revision guides will be available for purchase.

Please send to any queries to Mrs Janine Sedgwick, Head of Science: jsedgwick@theacademyselsey-tkat.org

 

 

 

Subject:  Year 11 Separate Sciences GCSE

Description of activities

Students study three different GCSE subjects over Y10 & Y11 to gain separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the following areas:

  • GCSE Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.
  • GCSE Chemistry gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together. They will also learn how Chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.
  • GCSE Physics offers students the chance to gain a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy. They will also learn about waves, radiation and space and the application of Physics.

Learning will be assessed by:

Each separate qualification consists of four units of content: three teaching units and a practical Controlled Assessment unit. A total of nine exams will be taken at the end of Year 11 (together with a total of three Controlled Assessments taken in Year 10).

Unit 1: Biology 1, Physics 1 and Chemistry 1 – all studied previously in Year 9, content will be revised in Y11 and exams taken at the end of Year 11.

Written papers - 1 hour each worth 60 marks each - 25% of each GCSE.

Structured and closed questions with at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Unit 2: Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2 – content studied in Year 10 and completed in Year 11. Exams taken at the end of Year 11.

Written papers - 1 hour each worth 60 marks each - 25% of each GCSE.

Structured and closed questions with at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Unit 3: Biology 3, Chemistry 3 and Physics 3 – content studied in Year 10 and completed in Year 11. Exams taken at the end of Year 11.

Written papers - 1 hour each worth 60 marks each - 25% of each GCSE.

Structured and closed questions with at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment – one for each separate GCSE will be taken in Year 10

Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing for each separate GCSE. The tests are done in class time, usually in Year 10 but a resit will be available in Year 11 if necessary.

Each Controlled Assessment is worth 50 marks – 25% of each GCSE.

 

Controlled assessment, deadlines and examination

KS4

Topics Covered and Controlled Assessment  Dates

Year 10

Autumn 1st half term

Unit 1: Biology 1

B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation

B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 1

C1.4 Crude oil and fuels

C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil

 

Unit 3: Physics 1

P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity

Autumn 2nd half term

Unit 1: Biology 1

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

B1.8 Evolution

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 1

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses

C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

 

Unit 3: Physics 1

P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

 

Spring 1st half term

Unit 2: Biology 2

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 2

C2.1 Structure and bonding

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances

 

Unit 2: Physics 2

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

Spring 2nd half term

Unit 2: Biology 2

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 2

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C2.4 Rates of reaction

 

Unit 2: Physics 2

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

Summer 1st half term

Unit 2: Biology 2

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

 

Unit 2: Chemistry 2

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

Unit 2: Physics 2

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Summer 2nd half term

Unit 4: Controlled Assessments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

 

Controlled assessment/Coursework

The tasks are set by the exam board and change each year, these are then marked by the class teacher, moderated by the science department and finally a sample is sent to the exam board for moderation.

Websites to support learning:

 

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ (Students need to look at the AQA topics)
  • http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science#bm-GCSE (Students will be able to look at the specification for each subject and past exam papers)
  • www.getrevising.co.uk
  • http://www.docbrown.info/

Planned Support:

Revision guides will be available for purchase.

Please send to any queries to Mrs Janine Sedgwick, Head of Science: jsedgwick@theacademyselsey-tkat.org