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Science at Key Stage 4

At Tamworth Enterprise College we follow the Edexcel syllabus in Y11. 

This is an exciting and informative course which allows pupils to learn about Science through an engaging and inspiring series of modules.

All pupils follow the GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science courses allowing them to obtain two GCSE qualifications.

There is an opportunity for some of our more able, ambitious and dedicated pupils to follow the GCSE Triple Science course and obtain GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics qualifications.

Y11 pupils are currently studying for these qualifications over a two year period of time.

There is a vigorous and regularly assessment process in Science. This allows the careful monitoring of pupils’ progress to allow timely support and intervention. There are currently 3 set assignments and an end of topic tests per topic to allow pupils to be consistently informed of progress and be strategies for improvement.

The details for each of the courses, are outlined below:

GCSE Core Science:

Biology

Classification, inheritance and variation

Classification, variation, evolution, genes and inheritance

Responses to a changing environment

Homeostasis, plant hormones, the nervous system

Problems and solutions in the environment

Drugs, infectious disease, interdependence, pollution, recycling

Chemistry

The Earth's sea and atmosphere

The Earth's sea and atmosphere

Materials from the Earth

Types of rock, calcium carbonate, conservation of mass

Acids

Acids, neutralisation and salts, electrolysis

Obtaining and using metals

Obtaining and using metals

Fuels

Oil refining and fuels, hydrocarbons

Physics

Visible light and the Solar System

Ideas about the solar system, telescopes, waves

The electromagnetic spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum

Waves and the Universe

Exploring space, stars and the origins of the universe

Waves and the Earth

Ultrasound and infrasound, seismic waves

Generation and transmission of electricity

Producing electricity, transmitting electricity, electrical quantities

Energy and the future

Energy transfer and efficiency

GCSE Additional Science:

Biology

The building blocks of cells

What’s in a cell, DNA, Mitosis and meiosis, Cloning, Protein synthesis, Enzymes

Organisms and energy

Respiration, Photosynthesis, Fieldwork techniques

Common systems

Growth, Blood, Digestion

Chemistry

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Atoms and the periodic table, Electrons

Ionic compounds and analysis

Ionic compounds, Analysis of ionic compounds

Covalent compounds and separation techniques

Covalent compounds, Separation techniques

Groups in the periodic table

Metals in the periodic table, Periodic table groups

Chemical reactions

Energy changes in reactions, Rates of reaction

Quantitative chemistry

Chemical calculations

Physics

Static and current electricity

Static, Electric current

Controlling and using electric current

Circuits, Resistance

Motion and forces

Motion, Forces

Momentum, energy, work and power

Momentum, Kinetic energy work and power

Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Nuclear fission and fusion

Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

Uses of radioactivity, Problems with radioactivity

GCSE Triple Science:

Biology

Control systems

The urinary system, The menstrual cycle and fertilisation, Micro-organisms and immunity, Plants and micro-organisms

Behaviour

Animal and plant behaviour, Evolution and human behaviour

Using biology

Biotechnology

Chemistry

Qualitative analysis

Qualitative analysis

Quantative analysis

Quantative analysis

Electrolytic processes

Electrolytic processes

Gases, equilibria and ammonia

Gases, Equilibria, Ammonia

Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Physics

Radiation in treatment and medicine

Radiation, The eye

X-rays and ECGs

X-rays, ECGs

Production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources

Radiation, Radioactive decay

Motion of particles

Motion of particles

Kinetic theory and gases

Kinetic theory and gases

Formal examinations for all exams take place in the final year of study, Year 11 and details are outlined below.

GCSE Core Science:

Three 60 minute/60 mark examinations for each topic, B1, C1 and P1 respectively at either foundation or higher level.

Also, includes a Controlled Assessment Task (CAT).

Each component is weighted at 25%.

GCSE Additional Science:

Three 60 minute/60 mark examinations for each topic, B2, C2 and P2 respectively at either foundation or higher level.

Also, includes a Controlled Assessment Task (CAT).

Each component is weighted at 25%.

GCSE Biology:

Three 60 minute/60 mark examinations for each topic, B1, B2 and B3 respectively at either foundation or higher level.

Also, includes a Controlled Assessment Task (CAT).

Each component is weighted at 25%.

GCSE Chemistry:

Three 60 minute/60 mark examinations for each topic, C1, C2 and C3 respectively at either foundation or higher level.

Also, includes a Controlled Assessment Task (CAT).

Each component is weighted at 25%.

GCSE Physics:

Three 60 minute/60 mark examinations for each topic, P1, P2 and P3 respectively at either foundation or higher level.

Also, includes a Controlled Assessment Task (CAT).

Each component is weighted at 25%.

GCSE Sciences 2016: What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

Summary of the changes

● From September 2016, there are 4 GCSE qualifications in science that students can take:

GCSE (9-1) Biology
GCSE (9–1) Chemistry GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Double Award)
GCSE (9–1) Physics
  • There will no longer be a single GCSE Science qualification.
  • There will be a new 9–1 grading system, replacing A*–G:
    • Foundation tier will cover grades 1–5
    • Higher tier will cover grades 4-9.
  • There are no controlled assessments in the new qualifications. Ofqual will announce how practical skills will be assessed soon.
  • Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 15% of the assessments. There will also be some recall of equations required in physics.
  • Specifications will include new content, in line with subject criteria outlined by the Department for Education.

Below is a link for further information

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html