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Science Key Stage 4 Yr 11

Key Stage 4

 The word, science, brings to mind an exciting range of images: close up views of butterfly scales, the spectrum of colours shown when visible light is split by a prism, fossils of dinosaur bones, the Hubble Space telescope, beautiful blue copper sulphate crystals, fingerprints and much more………..

 

Science also covers important ethical issues within society and raises questions, such as ‘Should animals and humans be cloned?’

 

During science lessons in Key Stage 4, students are provided with a taste of all of these aspects of science, whatever course they are studying. Students learn in a variety of ways including debate, practical investigations, presentations and role play. The science qualifications on offer at Blackfen School for Girls enable students to engage with science and understand scientific issues that affect society.  

Qualification type: GCSE    

Specification title: Science A (4405),  Additional Science (4408),

Exam board: AQA    Course type: Full Course  

Website:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Present Year 11

An example of the course structure:

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

This course covers three units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which build

on the Science A GCSE. The fourth unit is a Controlled Assessment

(worth 25%) carried out in class time and assessed by an examination

sat in the classroom.

 

Unit 1 Biology 2

Unit 2 Chemistry 2

Unit 3 Physics 2

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

 

Biology 2

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

 

Chemistry 2

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

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

Physics 2

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

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

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

 

Coursework Unit

Autumn Term 2

Spring

Term 1

Spring 

Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

 

Qualification type :GCSE  Specification title: Biology GCSE.  Course type: Full Course.  Specification code: 4401   Exam Board: AQA

Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401

 

Present Year 11

 An example of the course structure:

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

This Biology GCSE consists of four units each comprising 25% of the GCSE. The three units 1, 2 and 3 are examined by module exams sat during the summer term of Year 11.

 

Unit 1 Biology 1

Unit 2 Biology 2

Unit 3 Biology 3

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

 

Biology 1

B1.1 Keeping healthy

B1.2 Nerves and hormones

B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs

B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation

B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

B1.8 Evolution

Biology 2

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

 

Coursework Unit

 

Biology 3

B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells

B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals

B3.3 Homeostasis

B3.4 Humans and their environment

 

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Qualification type : GCSE  Specification title: Chemistry      Course type: Full Course  Specification code: 4402       Exam Board: AQA

Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

 

Present Year 11

 An example of the course structure:

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

This Chemistry GCSE consists of four units each comprising 25% of the GCSE. The three units 1, 2 and 3 are examined by module exams sat during the summer term of Year 11.

 

Unit 1 Chemistry 1

Unit 2 Chemistry 2

Unit 3 Chemistry 3

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

 

Chemistry 1

C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry

C1.2 Limestone and building materials

C1.3 Metals and their uses

C1.4 Crude oil and fuels

C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses

C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

 

Chemistry 2

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

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

Coursework Unit

 

 

Chemistry 3

C3.1 The periodic table

C3.2 Water

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Qualification type : GCSE  Specification title: Physics      Course type: Full Course  Specification code: 4403       Exam Board: AQA

Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

 

Present Year 11

An example of the course structure:

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

This Physics GCSE consists of four units each comprising 25% of the GCSE. The three units 1, 2 and 3 are examined by module exams sat during the summer term of Year 11.

 

Unit 1 Physics 1

Unit 2 Physics 2

Unit 3 Physics 3

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

 

Physics 1

P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred

P1.2 Energy and efficiency

P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances

P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity

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

 

Physics 2

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

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

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

 

 

Coursework Unit

 

Physics 3

P3.1 Medical applications of physics

P3.2 Using physics to make things work

P3.3 Keeping things moving

Autumn Term 2

Spring

Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2