There are three available pathways for science at KS4:
AQA – Combined Science GCSE Trilogy (8464)
There are six papers in total and this will gain you 2 GCSEs for the combined Science:
2 for biology, 2 for chemistry and 2 for physics these will all be taken at the end of Year 11 in the Summer exams.
Each paper is 1hr 15mins – 70 marks (16.7% of the GCSE)
AQA Separate Sciences GCSE
There are six papers in total and this will gain you 3 separate GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). 2 papers each for biology, chemistry and physics these will all be taken at the end of Year 11 in the Summer exams.
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Principles of Applied Science
There are four mandatory units of study. Unit 1 Principles of Science is externally examined. Unit 2 Chemistry and our Earth, Unit 3 Energy and our Universe and Unit 4 Biology and our Environment are internally assessed through the completion of assessment criteria presented in the form of a number of science tasks and outlined on an assignment brief. These tasks clearly show the assessment grading for the award of Pass, Merit or Distinction in that particular task. They are set in a vocational scenario and advice about best presentation to achieve the assessment grading is included on the brief. A clear deadline date is also included on the assignment brief.
Online Textbooks and Revision
For information on how to access the online KS4 science textbooks please view the document:
To help you revise,
– we’ve put together a list of all the topics for the Combined Science and the Separate Science awards
– resources available on
– the Collins Connect website (https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/portal.aspx)
– the google drive (goo.gl/xmqtV2)