About.

All students at AUEA will do separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The total teaching time is eight hours a week, in one hour lessons. Students will have learning tasks to do independently as well as the lessons which will often have a practical element.

There are 24 different practical experiments that students are required to do, but in fact they will have opportunity for many more as they develop their skills of scientific enquiry.

At the end of year 11 there are two exams for each subject following the AQA (9-1) specification.

Complementary Subjects.

Mathematics is used throughout the sciences and the techniques learnt in one subject help build skills in the others. Also many of the relationships and concepts used in physics are directly transferrable to corresponding parts of the engineering course.

Career Pathways.

Doing all three separate sciences puts students in a good position for doing A-levels or level 3 BTEC in science and engineering subjects. Science is a core subject nationwide but by studying for 3 rather than 2 GCSEs our students have an increased breadth and depth of knowledge to inform their progression to post 16 education.

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Assessment.

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

Biology
(full specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/re... )
1 - Cell biology

2 - Organisation

3 - Infection and response

4 - Bioenergetics

5 - Homeostasis and response

6 - Inheritance, variation and evolution

7 - Ecology

8 - Key ideas

There are two exams which contribute to the GCSE in Biology:

PAPER 1
What’s assessed: Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics. How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

PAPER 2
What’s assessed: Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Chemistry
(full specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/re... )
1 - Atomic structure and the periodic table

2 - Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3 - Quantitative chemistry

4 - Chemical changes

5 - Energy changes

6 - The rate and extent of chemical change

7 - Organic chemistry

8 - Chemical analysis

9 - Chemistry of the atmosphere

10 - Using resources

11 - Key ideas

There are two exams which contribute to the GCSE in Chemistry:

PAPER 1
What's assessed: Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

PAPER 2
What's assessed: Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Physics
(full specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/re... )
1 - Energy

2 - Electricity

3 - Particle model of matter

4 - Atomic structure

5 - Forces

6 - Waves

7 - Magnetism and electromagnetism

8 - Space physics

9 - Key ideas

There are two exams which contribute to the GCSE in Physics:

PAPER 1
What’s assessed: Topics 1–4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

PAPER 2
What’s assessed: Topics 5–8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics. Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.