Science - Year 11

Overview of the year:

In Year 11 Combined Science students have 10 lessons of Science a fortnight and Separate Science students will have 12 lessons of Science a fortnight. Students will be taught in sets. Students will study the GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (AQA) or AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Separate Sciences). This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of Year 11 and the exams contribute 100% of their final grade. There will be 2 exam windows during the year. Students are expected to bring to each lesson a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator.

Assessment:

There will be internal assessment carried out during two student tracking windows in Year 11. In the final GCSE exam, students will complete 6 exam papers: 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics; each contributing 16.7% of the final grade. Each written exam paper is 1 hour 15 mins for Combined Science and 1 hour 45 mins for Separate Science and consists of multiple choice, structured, closed-short and open-response questions. There will be a total of 70 marks on each paper for the Combined Science exam and 100 marks on each paper for the Separate Science exam. Assessment is tiered; therefore students will study either Foundation or Higher tier from the beginning of Year 10.

Practical:

There are 21 practical activities that are to be carried out in each subject area during the course. These activities are planned to develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating findings. Students will be assessed on these skills within the written examination at the end of the course, with 15% of the exam based on these practical assessments.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Biology 
Selective Breeding Understand applications of selective breeding and advantages of its use

Genetic engineering and cloning Understand how each of these processes are carried out and discuss ethical issues surrounding each

Inheritance and variation Understand the process of mitosis and meiosis and understand what leads to variation

Evolution & Natural Selection Understand the process of evolution and Natural selection and understand the importance of fossil evidence

Genetics Understand the structure of DNA,

Adaptations Understand how living organisms adapt to their environment

Interdependence Understand how ecosystems are arranged and understand the effect of abiotic and biotic factors

Biodiversity & sustainability Understand the effect of humans on an ecosystem and understand how biodiversity is maintained
Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities

Chemistry 
Electrolysis of molten substances and solutions Understand how to electrolyse molten substances and solutions to extract metals

Reaction profiles Understand how to draw reaction profiles for endothermic and exothermic reactions

Recall the structure, properties and uses of alcohols, esters and carboxylic acids

Quantitative Chemistry understand how to calculate Mr, reacting masses, yield, chemical quantities in titrations and volumes of gases

Properties of polymers, alloys, composites and ceramics Understand the process of polymerisation and recall properties and uses of polymers, alloys, ceramics and composites

Positive and negative ions Understand how to test for positive and negative ions and give advantages of instrumental methods

Fuel and chemical cells Explain advantages and disadvantages of chemical and fuel cells
Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities

Physics 
Static electricity and electrical circuits Recall circuit symbols and recall the rules for a parallel and series circuit in terms of voltage and current

Momentum Understand how to calculate momentum and kinetic energy

Mains electricity Understand the difference between AC and DC and explain how fuses, earthing and RCCB's work  
Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities


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