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KS4 Science

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : GCSE Science (AQA) (TRILOGY)

What is the qualification?

GCSE Science is a two GCSE course, grades 9 -1.


What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

There are 24 units of work divided between biology, chemistry, and physics.

You will sit two examinations in each science in Year 11. There is no controlled assessment but you will be required to carry out 10 required practicals.

These will take place in lessons and are not completed in examination conditions. There may be questions about the required practicals in your final examinations.



The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10 (Unit 2)Biology 1
Chemistry 1
Physics 1
Year 11 (Unit 1)


What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

To be successful in science you need to be able to apply your knowledge to new situations. You need to have the ability to draw conclusions from data, and use the information to explain scientific theory. You should be confident in using a range of mathematical techniques.


What could I use this qualification for?

A GCSE in science can open many doors. You may choose to continue and study for A levels in science, or opt for the BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Many universities and employers are keen for you to have good science grades as it shows you are a logical thinker.