Key Stage 4 Science
Students begin the GCSE Syllabus at the start of Year 9. Key concepts from Key stage 3 are incorporated into the GCSE modules in this year to ensure a smooth transition for the students In year 9 students have four periods of science per week. The view has been taken that spreading the GCSE course over a greater period of time will allow topics to be explored in greater depth and will provide more opportunities for carrying out practical work. The groups will rotate three times over the year to ensure subject specific teaching across the different subject areas.All students will complete modules 1,2 and 4 in all three sciences until the end of year 10 (double science) at which point some will continue in year 11 to study the sciences in more depth (triple science). Those students continuing with double science will complete module 3 and consolidate central concepts. Students will be informed by their teachers about tier of entry. Students follow the OCR Gateway Specification  all external exams are taken at the end of Year 11 Assessments are made each half term in the form of Mid Topic Tests, End of Topic Tests and End of Year Exams. Controlled Assessments are completed within school in the form of a full day of experimental skills assessments. Double Science students complete 2 controlled assessments which represents 25% of the students final grade

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