St Bede’s
Catholic High School

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Science

Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE Science is compulsory in Years 10 and 11

During the Year 9 Programme of Study, a series of assessments are carried out to measure progress and attainment. These assessments are also used to help inform us which Science set would be most appropriate for your child to be placed in during Year 10. Your child will be carefully placed so that they will achieve the very best they can in Science.

The Pearson Edexcel  GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science consists of six externally examined papers (70 mins each).

The exams consist of a  mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer

questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

These are available at foundation tier and higher tier.

Students must complete all assessments in the same tier.

Students must complete all assessment in May/June of Year 11.

The exam specifications and further information can be found here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/
Specification/GCSE_CombinedScience_Spec.pdf

 

The Pearson Edexcel  GCSEs (9–1) in Individual Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

The Pearson Edexcel  GCSEs (9–1) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics consist of two

externally-examined papers per subject (95 mins each).

These are available at foundation tier and higher tier.

The exams consist of a  mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer

questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

The exam specifications and further information can be found here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

Details of the Summer Exam dates can be found here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/Support/Examination-timetables-for-UK-Edexcel-GCSE/1906-GCSE-Final-Timetable.pdf

Click here to read about Target 5 Science Support session details

Revision guides and workbooks are available to purchase from the department and are intended to support pupil progress.

Regular assessment and homeworks are focused on exam technique and practice with additional past paper resources available from class teachers.

There is an expectation that pupils will regularly review their classwork and build on their knowledge and understanding throughout the year.

Remember, your child’s class teachers are always available to offer help and advice – please just ask!

 

Results

Combined Science 2019

9 – 7     5.5%

9 – 4     44.5%

Biology 2019

9 – 7     29.5%

9 – 4     86.9%

Chemistry 2019

9 – 7     26.2%

9 – 4     78.7%

Physics 2019

9 – 7     24.6%

9 – 4     80.3%

Department Members

Mr S Caygill – Curriculum Leader of Science/Lead Practitioner

Mrs S Brookes – Assistant Curriculum Leader of Science

Ms L Farrelly – Science Teacher

Mr P Lockyer – Science Teacher/Year 10 Leader

Mr J Cox – Science Teacher/Year 11 Leader

Mr M Oakley – Science Teacher

Learning Programmes
Links to Useful Websites