Key Stage 4 Science Assessment - AQA specification
Science is a set of ideas about the material world. We have included all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them.
The way scientific ideas will be taught will be to support students in building a deep understanding of science. We know this will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through teaching it and vitally learning it!
There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
Biology course content
Infection and response
Homeostasis and response
Inheritance, variation and evolution
Chemistry course content
Atomic structure and the periodic table
Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
The rate and extent of chemical change
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Physics course content
Particle model of matter
Magnetism and electromagnetism
There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464 and Separate sciences GCSE exams June 2018 onwards. This qualification is linear - students will sit all their exams at the end of the course in Year 11.