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Science: Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 Science curriculum at KTS begins in the early part of Year 9 where all students begin to study AQA Combined/ Separate Science. When possible we use materials to make a gentle transition from KS3 to KS4. The course is usually taught by 3 teachers: a subject specialist for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

This course continues into Year 10 and 11. For all students (“Triple” & “Double”), there will be a two exams in each science subject at the end of Year 11 that lead to x2 or x3 GCSE’s.

In Year 11 we teach the AQA Additional Science GCSE to Double & Triple GCSE Scientists. At the end of Year 11, three more exams are sat & a further best Controlled Assessment score to make up the second GCSE.

A number of our scientists opt for a TRIPLE curriculum as part of the Year 9 options process, sitting extra exams at the end of Year 11 in order to achieve an extra GCSE in Further Additional Science. In this route a total of 9 written papers are sat during the three year course (6 in year 11) and the best Controlled Assessment score taken for each Science to make up the final grade for each.

All the GCSE Science courses that we teach follow the AQA specifications. Students are provided with appropriate textbooks by the department covering each area appropriate for their tier of entry:

Biology Units

Chemistry Units

Physics Units


Health issues

Infectious diseases

New drugs


Periodic table

Reactivity of metals Reactivity of acids


Work and power

Electricity (in Year 9)

Particle model of matter

GCSE Combined Science Year 9/ GCSE Separate Sciences

Cell biology

Communicable diseases


Homeostasis and response

Inheritance/ Variation

Evolution/ Adaptations

Competition/ Ecosystems


Organic chemistry

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Rates & Energy changes

Conservation of mass

Chemical equations


Using the Earth’s resources

Waves & EM spectrum

Forces & Motion

Work and energy

Hooke's Law/ Momentum

Atomic structure


Magnets/ Electromagnetism


GCSE Combined Science Year 10/ GCSE Separate Sciences

Cells & Simple Cell Transport

Tissues, Organs & Organ Systems


Organisms & their Environment

Proteins – their functions & Uses


Cell Division & Inheritance


Structure & Bonding

Atomic Structure, Analysis & Quantitative Chemistry

Rates of Reaction

Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions

Acids, Bases & Salts


Forces & their Effects

Kinetic Energy

Currents in Electrical Circuits

Mains Electricity, Safety & Power


Nuclear Fission & Fusion

GCSE Additional Science – Year 11 ALL students

Movement of Molecules in & out of Cells

Transport Systems in Plants & Animals


Humans & their Environment

The Periodic Table


Calculating Energy Change

Quantitative Chemistry

The Production of Ammonia

Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids & Esters

Medical Applications of Physics

Circular Motion, Moments & Hydraulics


GCSE Further Additional Science Units- Year 11 Triple students ONLY

The units are taught by subject specialists for 9 hours per two week cycle- whilst students following the triple approach have extra lessons. The Science Department undertakes to provide opportunities for students to use Information & Communication Technology in fulfilment of the ICT regulations of the National Curriculum.

A very small number of our students will follow a single science approach studying for GCSE Science A over 2 years. This approach cannot be ‘opted’ for but is decided upon by the Science Faculty after the Year 10 mock exams consulting with other areas within the school.