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Overview KS4 (Year 9-Year 11)

Trilogy (Combined) Science

Nationally, all pupils are expected to complete a minimum of two GCSE qualifications in science. At Arden all pupils who do not choose the separate (triple) science route will complete GCSE Trilogy Science in Year 9, 10 and Year 11.

The course consists of a mixture of all three science specialisms – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At the end of the course pupils will be awarded with a qualification equivalent to two GCSE certificates graded 1-1 to 9-9.

Students will complete four hours of science lessons every week on a three-week rotation of science timetable.

Please note: Students study 2 sciences every three week. Therefore, the sub-topic student are working on in any term depends on which of the science’s they would have started first so each student may be at different points within the course

What are the components of this course?

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Full specification can be downloaded at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

Subject content

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessments

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Triple Science

Triple Science students have a total of seven hours of science lessons per week. Wherever possible subject specialist teachers will deliver the course content. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

The full specifications for these subjects can be found at:

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

Chemistry

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

Physics

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics (physics only)

All three science specialisms – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – are taught in units throughout years 9, 10 and 11. At the end of the course pupils will be awarded with three separate qualifications, each equivalent to one GCSE certificate graded 1-9.

 

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