Science

Syllabus: Science - Exam Board: AQA

From September of Year 9 all students will study the GCSE syllabus for Science. The government requirement is that all students study a minimum of two Science GCSEs; this will be achieved through the Combined Science route (worth two GCSEs) or the Separate Science route (worth three Separate GCSEs). Each of these courses include the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

We will monitor the progress of all students throughout year 9 and place students on the pathway in which we feel they will be most successful (Combined or Separate), to start from September of Year 10.

The exams for each of these courses will be at the end of Year 11. These examinations will also include assessment of practical Science skills, Maths skills through the Science specific subject content that has been studied.

In year 9 all students will study the same topics, including.

  • Biology topics - Cell Biology and Cell organisation
  • Chemistry topics - Atomic Structure and Atomic Bonding
  • Physics topics - Energy and Electricity.

There are three main assessment points at the end of each set of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics that inform students progress and OTFGs.

Assessment – Combined Science (worth two GCSEs)
  • Total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics.
  • Each exam is worth 70 marks, lasting for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 15% of the paper will be based on practical skills.
Assessment – Separate Science (three Separate GCSEs Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics.
  • Each exam is worth 100 marks, lasting for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • 15% of each paper will be based on practical skills.

We recommend that students purchase the recommended revision guides at the beginning of Year 10 once their GCSE pathway (Combined or Separate Science) has been confirmed following Year 9.

 Enquiries to:

  • Mrs A Hunter – Learning Leader: Science

Email: a.hunter@brookfield.hants.sch.uk