Key Stage 4

Depending on ability and enthusiasm for science, students follow one of two pathways through Science at Key Stage 4

GCSE Separate Science Pathway

GCSE Combined Science Pathway

Students complete 3 GCSEs in the sciences, following the following AQA Courses:

8461 Biology, 8462 Chemistry and 8463 Physics

Students complete 2 GCSEs in the sciences, following the following AQA Courses:

8464: Combined Science (Trilogy)

Biology (8461 and 8464)

Chemistry (8462 and 8464)

Physics (8463 and 8464)

1.            Cell Biology

1.            Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

1.            Energy

2.            Organisation

2.            Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

2.            Electricity

3.            Infection and Response

3.            Quantitative Chemistry

3.            Particles

4.            Bioenergetics

4.            Chemical Changes

4.            Atomic Structure

7.            Ecology

5.            Energy Changes

5.            Forces

5.            Homeostasis and Response

6.            The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

6.            Waves

6.            Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

7.            Organic Chemistry

7.            Magnetism


8.            Chemical Changes

8.            Space (8463 Only)


9.            Chemistry of the Atmosphere



10.          Using Resources


Curriculum Assessment

  • For all years, at the end of each topic, students complete a low-stakes test to measure progress in that topic and to allow closing the gap activities. As topics progress, these tests will include questions to ensure retention of prior learning.
  • At the end of each year, students complete an end of year assessment covering all topics learnt in that year. This assessment, along with the topic tests, is used to ensure students are placed in the appropriate classes for the next academic year.
  • In preparation for GCSE, students complete two sets of trial exams (paper 1 in December, paper 2 in March of year 11). Intervention for students not likely to achieve their target grade is then prepared.
  • Within lessons, students complete regular DIRT tasks based on current learning. Feedback is provided and students are expected to reflect and improve their work. Furthermore, teachers continually informally assess the understanding of students within lessons through a variety of techniques to inform future learning activities.

Essential equipment

Each student requires their own scientific calculator. These can be obtained via Beehive.