Key Stage 4 GCSE Science

Specification: AQA

Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances, and how substances interact with energy. Many people think of chemists as being white-coated scientists mixing strange liquids in a laboratory, but the truth is we are all chemists. Doctors, nurses and veterinarians must study chemistry, but understanding basic chemistry concepts is important for almost every profession. Chemistry is part of everthing in our lives. Every material in existence is made up of matter - even our own bodies. Chemistry is involved in everything we do, from growing and cooking food to cleaning our homes and bodies to launching a space shuttle. Chemistry is one of the physical sciences that help us to describe and explain our world.

Year 10 and 11:

Year 10 and 11 students follow the new AQA specification.

Those following the Trilogy science route will complete 6 exams at the end of year 11 (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics). The qualifcation will be graded on a 17 point scale as follows: 1 - 1 to 9 - 9 where 9 - 9 is the best grade. This qualification is equivalent to 2 GCSE's and will be taught by two teachers over two years. Foundation and higher tier papers are available. Six papers (two for each science) will be taken at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour 15 minutes' duration.

Those following the Separate science route will complete 6 exams at the end of year 11 (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics), each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes duration and will be taught by three subject specialist teachers. They will achieve 3 GCSEs, one per subject, each graded 1 - 9, where 9 is the best grade.

There is no coursework aspect of this course. Instead, students will complete required practicals which are integrated within the scheme of the work.  The content and skills covered in these practicals will be tested in the final written assessments.

Further information about these qualifications can be found on the AQA website


For further details please contact Mr Kirk