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Science in Y10

All students will study a course in Year 10 which covers the Science programme of study for Key Stage 4. 

Science in Years 10 and 11 builds on the work covered in Years 7, 8 and 9, to develop students’ understanding of important scientific ideas and how these affect them and the world they live in. Students will not just learn the ‘theory’ but understand the practical side of science and its relation to the world in which they live. Extensive use is made of practical work, and the course develops manipulative and investigational and problem solving skills. 

There are two different Science courses taught in Y10:

a) Core Science
b) Separate Science (3 GCSEs, Biology, Chemistry and Physics)


Details of these are given below. Students will be guided onto the appropriate course in discussions with their teachers. This will be based on the assessment of their progress at the end of Y9 as well as their effort in class. A letter will be sent home informing you of our recommendation which you will then be able to discuss with the science staff.


a) Y10 GCSE Science – AQA Science A (Core Science)

All GCSE groups will complete the Science A GCSE course during Y10. A new Science GCSE was introduced in September 2011.


The course includes sections which cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be taught by different specialist teachers for each of these areas. Students will have 3 Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons per fortnight.



Students will sit 3 written papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in June 2015 and a Centre Assessed Unit (CAU). The Centre Assessed Unit is worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade. Each exam paper will contribute 25% of the overall GCSE grade.


The Centre Assessed Unit (CAU) assesses the student’s ability to undertake a task and collect, process and evaluate data. For this, students carry out a research task based on the practical set by the exam board. This will involve students researching a suitable method for a given hypothesis (in year 10) and undertaking a risk assessment based on the practical they will carry out. This will all take place under normal laboratory conditions. Students will then need to sit 2 written exam papers under controlled conditions based on their practical. The test asks questions concerning the data collected during the practical task as well as that provided as part of the test. The test is marked by the teacher using detailed marking guidance from the exam board. The practical task and written test will be carried out during a normal teaching day, when students will be off their normal timetable for that day.


b) Separate Science

A group(s) of high ability students, identified on the basis of exceptional performance and potential in KS3, will have the opportunity to work through the Science A GCSE at a faster rate, allowing them to start their Additional Science work during Y10, and therefore be entered for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the end of Y11. Students studying this accelerated course will need to prove that they can keep up with the fast pace of lessons and they are able to undertake a proportion of independent learning. This will mean that these students will leave school with 3 separate GCSE results in Science.


Separate Science students will not sit any GCSE exams until May 2016.