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City of Peterborough Academy

KS4 Science

Pupils will study all three Science disciplines, regardless of the route that they choose. All courses are taught from a vocational, real-life point of view, making it interesting and relevant to every aspect of life.

We offer GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs) which most pupils will study or Triple Science (3 GCSEs) which is a more academic approach, ideal for pupils who want to pursue careers in Science or Medicine.

The Content

Biology

The study of all living things, including plant and animal cell biology; Human health, including infection; response and bioenergetics; ecology and how humans interact with their environment; evaluating human activities; inheritance and variation and   evolution in which pupils look at how plants and animals have adapted to their environment. The course also covers a range of practical experiments such as inhibition of bacterial growth and enzyme activity. 

Chemistry

Pupils study the fundamental make up of our world, working up from atomic structure and the periodic table to bonding, structure, and the properties of matter. Pupils will have a chance to develop their laboratory and analytical skills with quantitative    chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change and organic chemistry.

Pupils will also look at chemistry in context, looking at how we use resources and how this affects the chemistry of the atmosphere.

Physics

In this practical based subject, pupils investigate fundamental forces, such as electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. Energy and energy transfer, looking at practical applications, such as insulation and product design; the study of the waves all around us, including sound and the electromagnetic spectrum; particle model of matter and atomic structure, including nuclear reactions and radioactivity.

Assessment 

For Combined Science 

There are six papers each 1hr 15min: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. There are also 16 required practical assessments that pupils will study and can appear on the final examinations. 

For Triple Science 

There are six papers each 1hr 45 min: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. There are 24 required practical assessments, 8 in each discipline.

KS4 Science Staff

Head of Science Mr J Fletcher
Second in Science Mr F Mugova
KS3 Co-Ordinator / Teacher of Science Miss S Curry
Teacher of Science Mr G Scobie
Teacher of Science Miss L Roughton
Teacher of Science Miss S Curry
Teacher of Science Miss J Conway
Teacher of Science Ms C Barham