Curriculum Outline

Year 9

Biology Chemistry Physics
Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 2 – Cells and control Topic 3 – Genetics

Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table

Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics

Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction

Topic 14 – Particle model

Topic 15 – Forces and matter

(Topics 7 and 11 are only studied in the GCSE Physics Course)

Written Assessment
Students will sit 6 externally examined papers at the end of Year 11.

All papers are out of 60 marks and are 1 hour and 10 minutes in length.

Each paper contributes 16.67% of the Combined Science GCSE

 

Paper 1: Biology 1 – Topics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Paper 2: Biology 2 – Topics 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 – Topics 1, 2, 3 and 4

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 – Topics 1, 6, 7 and 8

Paper 5: Physics 1 – Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Paper 6: Physics 2 – Topics 1, 8 – 15

 

Each paper consists of a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.