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GCSE Science



Mrs H Powers - Learning and Teaching team leader 
Mr. A Davies – Head of Physics
Mrs. C. Liew – Head of Biology
Miss. M Rafee - Acting Head of Chemistry
Mrs J Pascoe
Mrs R Carmichael (Head of Year 7)



Miss R Povall
Mrs C Ford
Mrs. R Shaddick
Ms. P Bassett
Ms H Redfearn

Key Dates:





Science at Key Stage 3:

All pupils begin their time at St Bede’s studying general science.  The topics are split into biology, chemistry and physics units throughout years 7-9. In addition, pupils will study How Science Works and develop investigation skills.  The course develops the skills which will lay a good foundation as pupil’s progress to GCSE.

Pupils can use Kerboodle to access ‘Activate’ - an online version of the textbook. Please contact your child’s science teacher for details on how to log on. 

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Pupils in Year 7 are welcome to attend Science Club on Tuesday lunchtime and work towards a St. Bede’s Science Badge.
  • Pupils in Years 8 and 9 are welcome to attend science club on Wednesday lunchtime and work towards their Bronze CREST award.  More details on the CREST program can be found here:

GCSE Science  at Key Stage 4:

New GCSE Sciences have been developed for teaching from September 2016.  Year 11 are currently studying OCR 21st century whereas Year 10 are studying the new AQA (9-1) Biology.

Pupils at St. Bede’s can study GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics (triple science) or GCSE Combined (Double) Science.  Their achievement in Science, Maths and English in Year 9 is used to determine which qualification they are most suited too. 
Triple sciences are three separate GCSEs whereas GCSE Combined (double) science allows pupils to study all three sciences as the equivalent of two GCSE subjects.

Year 11 Double Science – OCR Twenty First Century Science GCSE Additional Science

Year 11 pupils are studying for the OCR Twenty First Century Science Additional Science Qualifications J242 (they have already sat their GCSE Core science at the end of Year 10). For information on pupils studying Triple Award Science, please look on the individual subject pages for biology, chemistry and physcics.

  • The specification is available here
  • Pupils will study three topics for each science:
    • Biology – B4 The processes of life, B5 Growth and development and B6 Brain and Mind
    • Chemistry – C4 Chemical Patterns, C5 Chemicals of the natural atmosphere and C6 Chemical Synthesis
    • Physics- P4 Explaining Motion, P5Electric Circuits and P6 Radioactive Materials
  • Assessment; pupils will take three written papers. The papers are offered in Foundation and Higher Tiers and together count as 75% of their final grade.  Finally, they will complete a controlled assessment in Term 1 of 2016 that makes up the final 25% of their Year 11 Additional Science grade.

Year 10 Double Science – AQA (9-1) GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Year 10 pupils are studying towards the AQA (9-1) GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Qualification.
Pupils will study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics throughout the two years:

  • Biology: Cell biology, Organ Systems, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis, Inheritance, Variation, Evolution and Ecology.
  • Chemistry:  Atomic structure, Periodic table, Properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis and Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves and Magnetism and electromagnetism

In the summer of Year 11, pupils will sit six separate written examinations (1 hour 15 minutes each): two biology exams, two chemistry exams and two physics exams. 
Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and each will contribute 16.7% of their GCSE grades.

Pupils in Year 10 can use Kerboodle to access an online textbook along with quizzes and activities.  All pupils have been issued with a username and password. Please contact your child’s biology teacher for more details.



Useful Links

BBC Bitesize for OCR 21st Century Additional Science
AQA (9-1) Combined Science Trilogy
CREST awards

Science News