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GCSE Science

Double Science

At KS4, your daughter will study either GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science (known as ‘double science’) or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics (known as ‘triple science’).

All the GCSE courses have the same basic structure which is comprised of 75% terminal examination and 25% controlled assessment.

Students complete a Controlled Assessment during lesson time under exam conditions.

Up to 8 hours is spent collecting evidence, researching using IT and books, and analysing data.

  • AQA set the Controlled Assessment and outline the practical work and data processing candidates should complete
  • Students complete the Controlled Assessment test in class time
  • Teachers mark their Controlled Assessment using marking guidance from AQA
  • AQA moderate the teachers marks

The first lesson will set the task and students will then have time to research the task for homework. They will then sit their first Controlled Assessment paper under examination conditions. This paper will focus on the planning of the practical work. They will then complete their own practical over the following 2-3 lessons and gather their own data. The final Controlled Assessment paper will then be sat under examination conditions and will involve analysing and evaluating the data obtained.

Students will complete their controlled assessments as part of their class work and will not be completing it at home.

How can you help your daughter with Science?

  • Encourage her to use scientific vocabulary and display key words around the house.
  • Test her regularly on topics covered.
  • Check her homework.
  • Get her to discuss what she has done in science lessons and get her to teach you some science every week.
  • Watch relevant television programmes. Check the TV guide at the weekend and suggest programmes to watch during the week.
  • Films such as My Sisters Keeper and Contagion have great links to wider aspects of Biology.
  • Discuss scientific articles in the Newspaper. Ask your daughter to suggest reasons, or expand on points raised.

Useful Websites and Books

www.moodle.newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk

www.samlearning.co.uk

Moodle contains a wealth of resources to support learning provided by the Science Department. Revision summaries for every topic are there which can be printed, annotated and used to aid learning.

Depending on your daughters interests, magazines such as How it Works, New Scientist or National Geographic are all available which will help broaden your daughters understanding and appreciation of Science.

SAM Learning is an excellent resource. 10 hours spent on SAM Learning is said to raise attainment by up to one whole GCSE grade.

Past papers, mark schemes and examiners reports should be used as the exams approach as they are one of the best ways to practice exam questions. These are accessible from the AQA website link below.

GCSE SCIENCE

Exam Board AQA: Science A

Website www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405

Exam Papers
Separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taken, together with the Controlled Assessment. Each worth 25%.

B1, Unit 1 – Biology

C1, Unit 2 – Chemistry

P1, Unit 3 – Physics

ISA, Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment

All papers are 1 hour in length and are 60 marks. All papers contain a mixture of structured questions and closed questions. At least one question assesses the Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Support Materials

Text book used in class

AQA Science: science A (Nelson Thornes) NEW GCSE
ISBN: 978-1-4083-0822-0

Revision Book

There will be the opportunity to purchase a revision guide through the Science Department in September. 

Recommended Websites

www.moodle.newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk

www.sciencelab.org.uk/resourcezone/sciencea.php
www.samlearning.com
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse.html
www.kerboodle.com contains a wealth of resources provided by the Science department including past papers, specifications, podcasts, glossaries, target sheets etc.

Exam Specification

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405

Past Papers

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 

GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE

Exam Board AQA: Additional Science

Website www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

Exam Papers                     

Unit B2 – Biology

Unit C2 – Chemistry

Unit P2 – Physics

Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment (25% of grade)

All papers are 1 hour in length and are 60 marks. All papers contain a mixture of structured questions and closed questions. At least one question assesses the Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Support Materials

Recommended Websites

www.moodle.newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk

www.sciencelab.org.uk/resourcezone/sciencea.php
www.samlearning.com
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse.html
www.kerboodle.com/ contains a wealth of resources provided by the Science department including past papers, specifications, podcasts, glossaries, target sheets etc.

Exam Specification

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

Past Papers

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Head of Science: Miss L Melvin

Head of Biology: Dr E Tabor

Head of Chemistry: Mr A Begbey

Head of Physics: Miss L Denton

Triple Science

At KS4, your daughter will study either GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science (known as ‘double science’) or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics (known as ‘triple science’).

All the GCSE courses have the same basic structure which is comprised of 75% terminal examination and 25% controlled assessment.

Students complete a Controlled Assessment during lesson time under exam conditions.

Up to 8 hours is spent collecting evidence, researching using IT and books, and analysing data.

  • AQA set the Controlled Assessment and outline the practical work and data processing candidates should complete
  • Students complete the Controlled Assessment test in class time
  • Teachers mark their Controlled Assessment using marking guidance from AQA
  • AQA moderate the teachers marks

The first lesson will set the task and students will then have time to research the task for homework. They will then sit their first Controlled Assessment paper under examination conditions. This paper will focus on the planning of the practical work. They will then complete their own practical over the following 2-3 lessons and gather their own data. The final Controlled Assessment paper will then be sat under examination conditions and will involve analysing and evaluating the data obtained.

Students will complete their controlled assessments as part of their class work and will not be completing it at home.

How can you help your daughter with Science?

  • Encourage her to use scientific vocabulary and display key words around the house.
  • Test her regularly on topics covered.
  • Check her homework.
  • Get her to discuss what she has done in science lessons and get her to teach you some science every week.
  • Watch relevant television programmes. Check the TV guide at the weekend and suggest programmes to watch during the week.
  • Films such as My Sisters Keeper and Contagion have great links to wider aspects of Biology.
  • Discuss scientific articles in the Newspaper. Ask your daughter to suggest reasons, or expand on points raised.

Useful Websites and Books

www.moodle.newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk

www.samlearning.co.uk

Moodle contains a wealth of resources to support learning provided by the Science Department. Revision summaries for every topic are there which can be printed, annotated and used to aid learning.

Depending on your daughters interests, magazines such as How it Works, New Scientist or National Geographic are all available which will help broaden your daughters understanding and appreciation of Science.

SAM Learning is an excellent resource. 10 hours spent on SAM Learning is said to raise attainment by up to one whole GCSE grade.

Past papers, mark schemes and examiners reports should be used as the exams approach as they are one of the best ways to practice exam questions. These are accessible from the AQA website link below.

 

GCSE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS

Exam Board AQA

Website       GCSE Biology

                       http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401                 

                       GCSE Chemistry http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402  

                       GCSE Physics

                       http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

Exam papers

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics

Unit 1, B1

Unit 2, B2

Unit 3, B3

Unit 1, C1

Unit 2, C2

Unit 3, C3

Unit 1, P1

Unit 2, P2

Unit 3, P3

Unit 4 – CA (25% of grade)

Unit 4 – CA (25% of grade)

Unit 4 – CA (25% of grade)

All papers are 1 hour in length and are 60 marks. All papers contain a mixture of structured questions and closed questions. At least one question assesses the Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Support Materials

Recommended Websites

www.moodle.newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk

www.samlearning.com
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse.html
www.kerboodle.com  contains a wealth of resources provided by the Science department including past papers, specifications, podcasts, glossaries, target sheets etc.

Exam Specification

GCSE Biology http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-BIOL-W-SP-14.PDF

GSCE Chemistry http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4402-W-SP-14.PDF

GCSE Physics http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-PHYS-W-SP-14.PDF

Past Papers

GCSE Biology http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

GCSE Chemistry http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

GCSE Physics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Head of Science: Miss L Melvin

Head of Biology: Dr E Tabor

Head of Chemistry: Mr A Begbey

Head of Physics: Miss L Denton