Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

KS4

KS4 (Year 9 -11)

From year 9, students begin studying GCSE Science, following the AQA exam board and scheme of work for the new specification (Combined Science: Trilogy – worth 2 GCSEs).

Pupils in Year 9 have the options of selecting triple science, which is a more in depth look at each of the topics above in all 3 disciplines - Biology, Chemistry and Physics - and is a great bridge for studying A-level Sciences.

Year 9 - Currently students start their Core Science programme of study in Year 9 including the topics:

Biology

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

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Students start the Triple Science programme of study in Year 9 carrying this through to Yr11. Following these specific topics:

Biology - B3 - Movement across membranes, transport systems in plants and animals, Homeostasis, Humans and their environment

Chemistry - C3 - The periodic table, Water, Energy changes in reactions, Quantitative Chemistry, Ammonia, Alcohols, carboxylic acids, and esters

Physics - P3 - Ultrasound, Lenses, X-rays, Hydraulics, Centre of Mass, Moments, Circular motion, Motors, Transformers

Students following the Triple Science programme will study these specific topics across all three years.

 Year 10 - Currently students start their Additional Science programme of study in Year 10. The specific topics are

Biology - B2 - Cells, Photosynthesis, Proteins their functions and uses, Respiration, Cell division and inheritance, Speciation 

Chemistry - C2 - Structure and bonding, Properties of substances, Atomic structure, Rates of reactions, Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Acids and bases, Electrolysis

Physics - P2 - Forces, Velocity, Speed, Momentum, Static electricity, Electrical circuits, Radioactivity

Nuclear fission and fusion

ISA Investigative skills assessment Pupils complete a practical investigation and sit two exams on that particular investigation as well as interpreting information from other scientific data.

Year 11 – Students are currently revising Core and Additional Science (or triple if they chose Science as an option) that has been followed from year 9.


At each key stage there will be enrichment opportunities for those students who have shown a real interest in the subject. These include the Salter's Chemistry Festival, guest speakers from various fields in Science, Birmingham Science Fair, and SciFest competitions.

Resources to help:

The BBC bitesize resource caters for both KS3 and KS4. It has revision notes and online tests.

My-gcsescience.com

The CGP revision guides are a useful tool running up to exams.

AQA website – To download the specification, exam dates and past papers

External reading

Most newspapers have a science column such as the ‘mini cosm’ in the metro which you can read and discuss with your friends, family, and teacher.
There are many science books out there, both factual and fictional. Here are the top three given to use by our pupils

1) ‘Can cows walk down stairs? and other questions’ – scientists try to answer some of life’s everyday questions

2) ‘Fire bubbles and exploding toothpaste’ – Steve Spangler (also check out his YouTube clips)

3) ‘A short history of everything’ – Bill Bryson