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Teaching Science in key stage 4 continues building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

For some students, studying the sciences in key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a few key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.

 

KS4 National Curriculum Programmes of Study: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381380/Science_KS4_PoS_7_November_2014.pdf

 

 

AQA KS4 Trilogy Combined Science Specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

AQA KS4 Triples Biology Specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF

 

AQA KS4 Triples Chemistry Specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF

 

AQA KS4 Triples Physics Specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

 

 

Year Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
10

Relative masses and moles

 

 (H)Equations and calculations

 

 (H)From masses to balanced equations

 

 Expressing concentrations

 

The reactivity series and displacement reactions

 

 How to extract metals and make salts

 

Acids, alkalis and neutralisation

 

Introduction to electrolysis

Changes at the electrodes

 

 The extraction of aluminium

 

 Electrolysis of aqueous solutions Exothermic and endothermic reactions

 

Using energy transfers from reactions

 

 Reaction profiles

 

Bond energy calculations

 

Separate science candidates will also know:

 

Formation of the solar system

 

Life cycle of a star

 

 Planets, satellites, and orbits

 

History of the universe

 

The yield of a chemical reaction

 

Atom Economy

 

Titrations

 

Titration calculations

 

Volumes of gases 

 

Chemical cells and batteries

 

 Fuel Cells

     
11

Hydrocarbons

 

Fractional distillation

 

Burning hydrocarbons

 

 Cracking

 

 Students will know the difference between a pure substance and mixture

 

They should be able to analyse chromatograms and be able to test for gases

 

How the ideas of the atmosphere have evolved and developed over time

 

Be able to explain how today's atmosphere is changing regarding greenhouse gases

 

Explain how ideas on climate change and atmospheric pollution have developed

 

Separate science candidates will also know:

 

Reactions with alkenes

 

Structures and reactions of alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

 

Addition and condensation polymerisation

 

Natural polymers

 

DNA

 

How to test for positive and negative ions

     

 

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