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KS3 Curriculum Content - AQA

Year 7

Biology: Organisms, Movement, Reproduction, Variation, Interdependence

Chemistry: Particle model, Separating mixtures, Metals and non-metals, Acids and alkalis, Earth structure

Physics: Speed, Circuits, Energy, Sound, Light, Sight and hearing

Skills: Conclusions, Planning an investigation, Collecting, recording and presenting data

Year 8

Biology: Breathing, Digestion, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Evolution, Inheritance

Chemistry: Periodic table, Elements, Chemical energy, Types of reaction, Climate, Earths resources

Physics: Contact forces, Pressure, Magnets, Work, Heating and cooling, Waves

Skills: Collecting, recording and presenting data, Literacy and communication

Year 9

Biology: Cells and microscopy, Cell division, Movement of substances, Digestive system, Enzymes

Chemistry: Atomic structure, Elements, mixtures and compounds, Periodic table development, Group 0,1 and 7, Bonding, Conservation of mass

Physics: Energy stores and systems, Specific heat capacity, Work and power, Energy efficiency, Current, resistance and potential difference, Resistors, Series and parallel circuits

KS4 Course Content

Year 10

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (examined at the end of year 11)


· Cell biology

· Organisation

· Infection and response

  • Bioenergetics


· Atomic structure and the periodic table

· Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

· Quantitative chemistry

· Chemical changes

· Energy changes


· Energy

· Electricity

· Particle model of matter

· Atomic structure

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Year 11

AQA Science A

Biology (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Keeping healthy

· Nerves and hormones

· Drugs

· Interdependence and adaptation

· Energy and biomass in food chains

· Waste materials from plants and animals

· Genetic variation

· Evolution

Chemistry (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Fundamental ideas in chemistry

· Limestone and building materials

· Metals and their uses

· Crude oils and fuels

· Plant oils and their uses

· Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

Physics (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Transfer of energy

· Energy and efficiency

· Usefulness of electrical appliances

· Methods to generate electricity

· Waves for communication

Controlled Assessment (25%)

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Year 11

AQA Additional Science

Biology (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Cells and simple cell transport

· Tissues, organs and organ systems

· Photosynthesis

· Organisms and their environment

· Proteins

· Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

· Cell division and inheritance

· Speciation

Chemistry (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Structure and bonding

· Properties of substances

· Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

· Rates of reaction

· Exothermic and endothermic reactions

· Acids, bases and salts

· Electrolysis

Physics (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Forces and their effects

· Kinetic energy

· Currents in electrical circuits

· Using mains electricity safely and power of electrical appliances

· Radioactivity

· Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Controlled Assessment (25%)

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Year 11

AQA Further Additional Science

Biology (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Movement of molecules in and out of cells

· Transport systems in plants and animals

· Homeostasis

· Humans and their environment

Chemistry (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· The Periodic table

· Water

· Calculating and explaining energy change

· Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

· The production of ammonia

· Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

Physics (1 hour written exam, 25%):

· Medical applications of physics

· Using physics to make things work

· Keeping things moving

Controlled Assessment (25%)

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