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Science - Core

Lead Teacher - Miss Heath
Qualification  - Entry Level Certificate Science (Single or Double Award) & GCSE (Combined Science Trilogy)
Level - Foundation tier (grades 5-1)
          - Higher tier (grades 9-4)
Lessons per fortnight - 8

Course Outline 
  • Component 1 – Biology : The Human Body 
  • Component 2 – Biology: Environment, Evolution and Inheritance 
  • Component 3 – Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds 
  • Component 4 – Chemistry: Chemistry in our world 
  • Component 5 – Physics: Energy, forces and the structure of matter 
  • Component 6 – Physics: Electricity, magnetism and waves 

 After the completion of the ELC content during the KS4 Foundation year, students will start with the content for the GCSE Combined Science award which continues throughout year 10 and year 11. 

Year 10 and Year 11 Course Outline  

Biology includes: 

  • Cell biology and Organisation 
  • Infection and response 
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response 
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution 
  • Ecology 

    Chemistry includes: 
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table 
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Changes
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Use of Resources
  • Organic chemistry 
  • Chemical analysis 
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere 

    Physics includes: 
  • Energy 
  • Electricity
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Atomic Structure 
  • Forces 
  • Waves 
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism 

The ELC science course is designed to help develop skills, build confidence and prepare for the GCSE content taught in year 10 and year 11. 

Lessons are structured based on 5 different strands which support disciplinary literacy and the development of skills. These strands are: Reading, Writing, Dialogic, Math Skills and Working Scientifically.

Exam Details

There are two different types of assessment for each component in the KS4 Foundation Year: 

1: Externally set assignments (ESAs) consist of a short written test 

2: Teacher-Devised assignments (TDAs) consist of a short piece of practical work. 

End of Year 11 Exam Details 

Exam Board - AQA 

Year 11 

6 written papers (100%). 

Each individual paper has a duration of 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 16.7% of the GCSE. 

All papers have a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. 

Career Progression 

Students can go on to study AS / A levels in Biology, Chemistry and / or Physics, or, BTEC Level 3 in Applied Human Biology. This opens the door to careers in medicine, nursing, forensic science, veterinary science, sport, sciences and retail business, research, Architecture, Sports data analysis. 

Science qualifications at GCSE level enable students to obtain places on apprenticeships in the building, cosmetic, hair and beauty, manufacturing and engineering industries.

Subject Links 

Science is a STEM related subject and links well with mathematics, ICT, product design, psychology, geography, health and social care, sports subjects and Humanities.


Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.