Science Key Stage 4

 

Key Stage 4

In year 9 students begin studying Edexcel GCSE. There are two pathways that students may take based on their end of Key Stage 3 progress and attainment. Students will either follow a Separate Science or Combined Science pathway. All exams are linear and will be completed at the end of Year 11. 

Year 9, 10 and 11 topics – Separate Science pathway

Paper 1 – Biology (*Paper code: 1BI0/ 1F, 1BI0/ 1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 2 – Cells and control

Topic 3 – Genetics

Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 2 – Biology (*Paper code: 1BI0/ 2F, 1BI0/ 2H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 1 – Chemistry (*Paper code: 1CH0/ 1F, 1CH0/ 1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 2 – Chemistry (*Paper code: 1CH0/ 1F, 1CH0/ 1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 6 – Groups in the Periodic Table

Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth Science

Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 1 – Physics (*Paper code: 1PH0/ 1F, 1PH0/ 1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts of Physics

Topic 2 – Motion and forces

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Topic 7 - Astronomy

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 2 – Physics (*Paper code: 1PH0/ 1F, 1PH0/ 1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts of Physics

Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 11 – Static electricity

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction

Topic 14 – Particle model

Topic 15 – Forces and matter

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Year 9, 10 and 11 topics – Combined Science pathway

 

Paper 1: Biology (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 1BF, 1SC0/ 1BH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 2 – Cells and control

Topic 3 – Genetics

Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 2: Biology (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 2BF, 1SC0/ 2BH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 1CF, 1SC0/ 1CH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 2CF, 1SC0/ 2CH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 6 – Groups in the Periodic Table

Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth Science

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 5: Physics 1 (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 1PF, 1SC0/ 1PH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 2 – Motion and forces

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

Paper 6: Physics 2 (*Paper code: 1SC0/ 2PF, 1SC0/ 2PH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 8 – Energy – forces doing work

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 11 – Magnetism and the motor effect

Topic 12 – Electromagnetic induction

Topic 13 – Particle model

Topic 14 – Forces and matter

Assessment overview

A mixture of different questions styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.