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KS4

Curriculum Overview

GCSE (9–1) Gateway Science specification is designed with a content-led approach and provides a flexible way of learning. The department offers two different routes through their GCSEs in the traditional sciences which cover a broad spectrum of scientific concepts. They include the GCSE’s and vocational courses listed below; Combined Science, Triple Sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics).

Subject content and three years study programme.

Year

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

 

Year 9

Topic B1: Cell level systems

Topic B2: Scaling up

Topic B3: Organism level systems

Topic C1: Particles

Topic C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures

Topic C3: Chemical reaction

Topic P1: Matter

Topic P2: Forces

Topic P3: Electricity and magnetic

 

Year 10

Topic B4: Community level systems

Topic B5: Interaction between systems Topic B6: Global challenges

Topic C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products

Topic C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

Topic C6: Global challenges

Topic P4: Waves and radioactivity 

Topic P5: Energy

Topic P6: Global challenge

Year 11

Revision/ Exam

Revision/ Exam

Revision/ Exam

Exam content.

Combined Science

1 hour 10 minutes

Biology-Paper 1

60 mark

written paper

Biology-Paper 2

60 mark

written paper

Chemistry-Paper 1

60 mark

written paper

Chemistry-Paper 2

60 mark

written paper

Physics-Paper 1

60 mark

written paper

Physics-Paper 2

60 mark

written paper

Triple Science

1 hour 45 minutes

Biology-Paper 1

90 mark

written paper

Biology-Paper 2

90 mark

written paper

Chemistry-Paper 1

90 mark

written paper

Chemistry-Paper 2

90 mark

written paper

Physics-Paper 1

90 mark

written paper

Physics-Paper 2

90 mark

written paper

 

Expectations for homework & revision.

Students receive homework twice a week. Science is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

 

Extra-Curricular activities.

Revision support sessions and coursework clinics are available. Trips to events such as ‘Thinktank’ are organised on a regular basis. After school clubs include 'STEM' and 'Science Club'.