Science

Exam Board

AQA

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Mr Davies (richard.davies@coundoncourt.org)

About the subject

Science is becoming increasingly more important, as it is a key driver in the UK economy and will create careers for the young people of our country. The future will be created by the students of today and new and exciting innovations do not come from lone geniuses brooding in laboratories, but from combining technologies that already exist or have recently evolved. A good example is the Google self- driving car, which is made possible not by some startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence but by putting together massive processing power with machine-learning software, detailed mapping and new kinds of sensor technology. This is just one example amongst thousands of the scientific and technological advances which will shape tomorrow. To play a part in the future you will need to understand the principles of Science behind it. Whichever path you choose, having a good understanding of Science will create opportunities for you.

Year 7

Science practical skills
Cells
Particles
Energy
Reproduction and variation
Acids and Alkalis
Ecology/ecosystems
Waves

Year 8

Elements, compounds and the periodic table
Health
Forces, motion and pressure
Chemical reactions
Bioenergetics
Space
Making and using electricity
Investigation/revision/ GCSE Skills

Year 9

This is a transition year in which students consolidate and review their knowledge from previous years and start to develop that understanding with some of the relevant GSCE units. The focus is very much on ensuring students have the understanding and skills required to progress onto the next level of work so key skills, topics and ideas are regularly revisited and retaught where necessary to support the relevant unit of study.
GCSE AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) Units and schedule:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
Biology
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
Chemistry
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources
Physics
1. Energy
2. Electricity

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)

Exam Information

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 Paper 1
What's assessed

Biology topics 1 to 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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



Biology Paper 2
What's assessed

Biology topics 5 to 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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



Chemistry Paper 1
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8 to 12: 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 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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



Chemistry Paper 2
What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13 to 17: 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 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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



Physics Paper 1
What's assessed

Physics topics 18 to 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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



Physics Paper 2
What's assessed

Physics topics 22 to 24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE
Questions

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

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