In Key Stage 4 the majority of students are currently undertaking one qualification in AQA Biology GCSE. A few are also taking Chemistry GCSE. There is the opportunity also to do Physics.
The AQA Biology GCSE is a linear course which means all the marks are gained in exams at the end of the year. There are two 1 hour 45 minute exams, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Students are tested on seventeen different topics and there is a lot of content to learn and understand. Students are also required to take part in ten different practicals throughout the course and the skills learnt in these practicals are also assessed in the end of year exams. There will be the opportunity for exams to be taken both at the end of year 10 and 11.
Chemistry and Physics GCSE are offered as options and you must really enjoy science to do the subjects as options
Chemistry GCSE and Physics GCSE
The AQA Chemistry and Physics GCSE runs in a similar way to the Biology one. Students have the options of taking Chemistry as a twilight if they wish to get an additional Science GCSE.
After the course:
Depending on what grade you have achieved at GCSE you can go on to do A- Levels and a Level 2 BTEC Diploma, a level 3 BTEC Diploma, a level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (e.g. In Applied Science, Forensic Science, Engineering). This will help you if you want to go into careers such as plumbing, electrician, sports science, beauty therapist.