Science

KS3 

Year Group

Areas of Study

7

Forces: Speed, gravity

Energy: Energy costs, energy transfers

Matter: Particle model, separating mixtures

Organisms: Movement, cells

Electromagnets: Potential difference and resistance, current

Waves: Sound, light

Genes: Variation, human reproduction

Reactions: Acids and alkalis, metals and non-metals

Ecosystems: Interdependence, plant reproduction

8

Biology: Ecosystems, genes, organisms

Chemistry: Reactions, matter

Physics: Forces, energy and waves, electro-magnets

9

Biology: Cell structure and transport; cell division and tissues; organs and digestive system; organisation in animals and plants

Chemistry: Atomic structure; periodic table; chemical analysis; structure and bonding

Physics: Conservation of energy; energy transfer by heating; energy resources; molecules and matter

 KS4

BIOLOGY

Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Questions

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Questions

•             Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Questions

•             Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Questions

•             Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

PHYSICS

Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

How it's assessed

•             Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•             Foundation and Higher Tier

•             100 marks

•             50% of GCSE

Questions

•             Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

 

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