Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

At key stage three you will complete an assessment at the end of each unit of work. You will also complete at least four practical assessments each year. These assessments involve you carrying out a practical investigation and then, using criteria provided, producing a full written account of your experiment and your findings.

You will also have an in class science examination at the end of year eight, which will cover all of the science content you have studied during key stage three.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

At key stage four you will complete an assessment at the end of each unit of work. You will also complete regular short content driven assessments to check your understanding of key concepts.

You will also have a science examination at the end of years nine and ten. The examination at the end of year ten will cover all of the science content you have studied in years nine and ten.

Combined Science

For the Combined Science GCSE you will be assessed by six written examinations at the end of year eleven; two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each examination will be one hour and fifteen minutes and will be worth 16.7% of your GCSE grade.
You will be awarded two number grades in Combined Science at the end of your studies. These grades can range from 1-1 to 9-9, with 9-9 being the highest grade attainable. The grades awarded will be either the same or consecutive to one another, for example, you could be awarded a 4-5 or a 5-5 but could not be awarded a 5-7. The grades achieved will be based up on your performance across all six science exams at the end of year eleven.

Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

For each of the separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you will be assessed by two written examinations at the end of year eleven. Each of the six examinations will be one hour and forty five minutes and will be worth 50% of your GCSE grade.
You will be awarded a number grade in each of the separate sciences at the end of your studies, so you will receive a grade in Biology, a grade in Chemistry and a grade in Physics. These grades will range from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade attainable. Each grade will be based up on your performance in the two examinations in each of the sciences.