Curriculum Specification -
Years 10 & 11 Science

SYLLABUS: AQA

From September of Year 10, students will continue to study the GCSE syllabus for Science. Students will be following the curriculum pathway that has been recommended to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcome at GCSE. As a reminder this is the Combined Science route (worth two GCSEs) or the Separate Science route (worth three GCSEs).

It is important to highlight that all Science A level courses are written to follow on from the Combined Science route and, therefore, not completing the Separate Science pathway at GCSE does not eliminate the ability to study any Science at A level.

The exams for each of these courses will be at the end of Year 11 and we will complete some mock exams towards the end of Year 10. The final examinations will also include assessment of practical Science skills, Maths skills and the subject content that has been studied.

Assessment Combined Science (worth two GCSEs)
  • Total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics.
  • Each exam is worth 70 marks, lasting for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 15% of the paper will be based on practical skills.
Separate Science (worth three GCSEs)
  • Total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics.
  • Each exam is worth 100 marks, lasting for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • 15% of each paper will be based on practical skills.

We recommend that students purchase the CGP revision guides at the beginning of Year 10, once on their GCSE pathway.

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