Separate Science

Science ppt Curriculum Choices 2020

Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 4. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks’to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go ‘beyond the expected standards ‘and providing additional challenge.

Students do not have to take the Separate Science pathway in order to progress to A Level sciences.

GCSE Exam board: AQA

Assessment structure: 100% examination at the end of year 11.

  • two 105 minute papers for each GCSE

Topic lists


Paper 1

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection & response
  • Bioenergetics

Paper 2

  • Homeostasis & response
  • Inheritance, variation & evolution
  • Ecology


Paper 1

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes

Paper 2

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources


Paper 1

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Paper 2

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics


In addition to the above content, each GCSE has eight required practicals that students must complete. These required practicals will form a significant proportion of the final examination content.Those 16 practicals, while important, are just a fraction of the practical work that your child will complete. We believe that students learn best when they get the chance to attempt practical work themselves so we prioritise practical work as part of our student experience.



Key assessment dates:

  • Year 9:
  • –      Half termly topic tests
  • –       Three summative tests covering a range of topics (December, March and June- dates to be given by your child’s class teacher)
  • Year 10:
  • –       Half termly topic tests
  • –       Three summative tests covering a range of topics (December, March and June- dates to be given by your child’s class teacher)
  • Year 11:
  • –       Half termly topic tests
  • –       Trial Examinations in December and March (GCSE papers


Subject specific websites to support revision and independent learning– students will already have a log in as we use this at KS3. If your child is unable to log in, they need to speak to their science teacher. Students are expected to complete homework tasks via Kerboodle on a regular basis.

Primrose Kitten –

Freesciencelessons –

Seneca learning – students will need to create a free account to use this app.

Recommended subject guides

There are many resources that are available to purchase via the science department at a significant discount. The next window for ordering is the 11th-23rdJanuary 2019. Resources will be delivered at the start of February. Please place your order via ParentPay.

The links below will show you an example of each resource. If you are purchasing directly, take care to select the correct resource for either combined science or separate sciences.

Revision guides – we use OUP as these match the textbooks we use in school.

Workbooks – the workbooks contain examination style questions and answers that students can use to self assess their understanding and improve their examination technique as part of their independent study. We offer workbooks for each science and for required practicals.

Flashcards – we asked students how they prefer to revise and they said flashcards was one of their preferred methods. To make revision more effective, we are offering the below pre-made flashcards from CGP. This means that students will get to spend more time using the flashcards rather than making them from scratch!


Students are encouraged to use the scheduled drop in sessions when they need help. When attending a drop in session, students should bring relevant independent study work to allow teachers to support them most effectively.

Biology – Tuesday 3.15pm WS6

Chemistry – Thursday 3.15pm WG13

Physics – Monday 3.15pm WF7