Key Stage 4 GCSE Science

Specification: AQA

The dictionary definition of Physics is "the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them", but what that really means is that Physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Physicists ask big questions like:

  • How did the universe begin?
  • How will the universe change in the future?
  • How does the Sun keep on shining?
  • What are the basic building blocks of matter?

If you think these questions are fascinating, then you'll like physics.

Year 10 and 11:

Year 10 and 11 students follow the new AQA GCSE 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 qualification 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 GCSE's 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 Garvey