KS4 | Science

GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. At Edmonton County School, all students learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and will gain an appreciation into how simple key ideas describe the diverse phenomena in the natural world.

Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator:

Miss V Anandaraj

Overview

At KS4, students will be following the specification set out by AQA exam board. Students are put into different pathways and tiers that are best suited for their ability.

Year 9: Students will first be taught Maths Skills in Science as the changes to the curriculum means that approximately 20% of the terminal exams will contain mathematical skills. All students will then be taught higher tier, triple level content on the following topics: Cells, Organisation, Atomic Structure, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Forces and Energy.

Year 10: Following the end of year 9 assessments, students will be set into two different pathways:

Triple: All students will then be taught to higher tier, triple level content on the following topics: Bioenergetics, Infection & Response, Homeostasis, Inheritance, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rate of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Nuclear physics.

Combined: Most students will then be taught to higher tier, combined level content on the following topics: Bioenergetics, Infection & Response, Homeostasis, Inheritance, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rate of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Nuclear physics.

Year 11: Following the end of year 10 assessments, students will be set into different tiers within their pathways:

Triple: Most students will then be taught to higher tier, triple level content on the following topics: Ecology, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using chemical resources, Particle model and Space physics

Combined: Some students will be taught to higher tier while some are taught to foundation level, in combined science content on the following topics: Ecology, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using chemical resources and Particle model.

All students will be assessed in the terminal exams that take place at the end of year 11. Triple science students will sit 2 x 105 minute exams per science and will receive 3 GCSEs. Combined science students will sit 2 x 75 minute exams per science and will receive 2 GCSEs. Some students may also receive an additional entry level qualification at the end of Year 9.