Science KS4

Core Science – Year 10 AQA Science A Year 11 Additional Science Topic list Year 11 Further additional Science (The Triple Science Option) –   Topic list
B1.1 Keeping healthy

B1.2 Nerves and hormones

B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs

B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation

B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

B1.8 Evolution


B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells

B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals

B3.3 Homeostasis

B3.4 Humans and their environment


C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry

C1.2 Limestone and building materials

C1.3 Metals and their uses

C1.4 Crude oil and fuels

C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses

C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere


C2.1 Structure and bonding

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C2.4 Rates of reaction

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

C3.1 The periodic table

C3.2 Water

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters


P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred

P1.2 Energy and efficiency

P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances

P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity

P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

P3.1 Medical applications of physics – X ray CT scanners, Ultrasound, Blood flowmeters etc)

P3.2 Using physics to make things work – Mechanics and mechanisms

P3.3 Keeping things moving – (electromagnetic machines)

Who might enjoy this course?

In Year 10 all students study either Core Science, Level 2 BTEC Science, Applied Science or Certificate of Achievement in Science. To do GCSE Science you need to achieve a Key Stage 3 Level 5b or above.

What about exams?

The course is split into two separate GCSEs:

  • Final exams for core science are in June of Year 10
  • Final exams for the second GCSE are in June of Year 11
There are no re-sits for individual modules.

What are the entry levels?

There are two levels – Foundation (C-G) and Higher (A*-D).

What about coursework?

In Year 10 core science, 25% of the marks are based on practical work and controlled assessments, which assess your investigation skills. Some students in Year 11 do additional science with 25% coursework.

Are there any other tests apart from the final exams?

Yes, your controlled assessment.

What other skills might I develop?

Enquiry and research skills. How to understand information presented in a wide variety of styles and contents. How to judge scientific claims made in the media, for example in advertisements. How to base your opinions on evidence.

What could I do next with GCSE Science?

A grade of at least a C in GCSE Science is required for higher education. Many careers starting at age 16 value the skills learned from following a science course. Many university courses in technical subjects require A level sciences.