Course Content: what you will study?
Year 10 and Year 11
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Key ideas
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
Students are taught in ability based sets.
Students are assessed part way through each year in order to accurately set according to ability. Further assessment takes place during mock examinations in both years.
The qualification will be
graded on a nine-point scale: 1–9 – where 9 is the best grade. A student taking
Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1 to 5.
Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade 1 will be recorded as
U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.
Students will take formal
written examinations at the end of Year 11. There are no module examinations
and the course follows a linear structure with no opportunities for resitting
examination papers. Students will carry out a minimum of 21 required practicals
for the Trilogy course or 8 for each of the separate science courses. There
will no longer be any coursework or ISA assessments. For the Trilogy course,
there will be 6 examinations at the end of Year 11, each one being 1 hour and
15 minutes. For the separate sciences, there will be 2 exams for each science,
each paper being 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Where this Qualification Leads
Students who gain a good grade (B or above) in the Combined Science (Trilogy) course, and in the component that they wish to study further, may take A level sciences. A good grade may also be helpful in vocational courses.
Exam Board: AQA