Key Stage 4 Core Subjects

Maths

Exam board & Course title: Edexcel GCSE Maths Linear Course

Assessment type: 100% Exam at the end of Year 11 (3 x 1.5 hour exams, one non-calculator and 2 calculator papers)

Students will be awarded a number grade, ranking from 1-9, instead of the old grading system of A*-G. See the picture for how the grades match up. Students will start the GCSE course in Year 9 and study the syllabus during Year 9 and 10. Year 11 will targeted topics based on regular assessments and revision. Students will sit dependant on their ability either a higher tier paper (grades 4-9) or a foundation tier paper (grades 1-5).

The KS4 course requires the coverage of broader and deeper mathematical content, delivered through a single GCSE. There is now a greater emphasis on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks in the GCSE exams being allocated to these higher-order skills. There is more content to teach with harder topics being introduced across both tiers. The course has been designed to equip students for the mathematical demands that they will face in further study of the subject or in employment.

English Language

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE English Language

Assessment type: 100% Examination

Link to specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-8700- SP-2015.PDF

This course will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and anlayse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently, accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

English Literature

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE English Literature

Assessment type: 100% Examination

Link to specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-8702-SP-2015.PDF

This course allows students to become critical readers of fiction prose, poetry and drama. Students will experience different times, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts and explore how traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and a sense of identity. The core skills assessed include reading comprehension and reading critically.

Science

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE Science

Assessment type: 100% Exam; Students must carry out mandatory practical activities throughout the course which are assessed via the examinations. There are 6 exams which are sat at the end of Y11.

Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

The content of the course is split equally between the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

The topics covered in Biology are cell biology, organization, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology.

The topics covered in Chemistry are atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere.

The topics covered in Physics are Energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism

Progression from GCSE Science post-16

For those who achieve 6’s or above in GCSE Science then there is the option of A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

For those with a grade 4 in the above there is the option of Level 3 BTEC Applied Science course, which is the equivalent of an A-Level.

Triple Award science

Triple award science is offered only to our most able students. Students work at a fast pace to achieve three full GCSE qualifications. Students will receive an extra lesson of science per week making the total of 5 lessons in Y10 and 6 in Y11. There will be a total of 9 exams which are all sat at the end of Y11.

Physics

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE Physics

Assessment type: 100% Exam; Students must carry out mandatory practical activities throughout the course which are assessed via the examinations. There are 3 exams which are sat at the end of Y11.

Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

This course covers all the material required for an excellent grounding in modern Physics. It covers the same topic range as the GCSE Science qualification but in greater depth.

Biology

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE Biology

Assessment type: 100% Exam; Students must carry out mandatory practical activities throughout the course which are assessed via the examinations. There are 3 exams which are sat at the end of Y11.

Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

This course covers all the material required for an excellent grounding in modern Biology. It covers the same topic range as the GCSE Science qualification but in greater depth. The Biology course also enables students to explore the ethical issues associated with some of the current medical applications of Biology such as the use of genetic modification and stem cells.

Chemistry

Exam board & Course title: AQA GCSE Chemistry

Assessment type: 100% Exam; Students must carry out mandatory practical activities throughout the course which are assessed via the examinations. There are 3 exams which are sat at the end of Y11.

Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

This course covers all the material required for an excellent grounding in modern Chemistry. It covers the same topic range as the GCSE Science qualification but in greater depth.

Progression from GCSE Science post-16

For those who achieve 6’s or above in any of the Separate Sciences then there is the option of A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

For those with a grade 4 in the above there is the option of Level 3 BTEC Applied Science course, which is the equivalent of an A-Level.