KS4 - Current Years 9 and 10

Key Stage 4 Science

Current Years 9 and 10

We offer the following courses at Newlands Girls’ School.  All courses can be entered at either Higher (Levels 4 to 9) or Foundation (Levels 1 to 5) Tiers.  The examination board that we use is AQA.

  • Combined Science: Trilogy = equivalent to two GCSEs (replaces the old “Double Science” award of Core and Additional Science)

  • Separate Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs

All qualifications are linear which means students will sit all examinations at the end of Year 11.

The courses cover the following topics:

Combined Science

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

 Assessment

There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics.  Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Each paper is a written examination lasting 1 hour 15 minutes consisting of 70 marks,which makes up 16.7% of the GCSE.  Each paper can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Biology Paper 1

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2

Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

 Separate Sciences

 Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

 Chemistry

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

 Physics

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics

 Assessment

There are two papers for each Separate Science GCSE so students will sit two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Each paper is a written examamination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 100 marks, which makes up 50% of the GCSE.  Each paper can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Biology Paper 1

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

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