Science KS4 curriculum contents list Year 9


Dec 12, 2012 (4 years and 8 months ago)


Science KS4 curriculum contents list

Year 9

In this year students prepare for and start their GCSE studies.

Term 1

Here they study work from KS3 necessary as a basic understanding of GCSE.

Energy & power generation


Plants & Classification

2 & 3

Here students are taught How Science Works & experimental skills needed for controlled
assessment at GCSE. This is taught alongside the first unit (B1, C1 or P1) of GCSE Science.

Year 10 & 11

During these two years students will follow one of the fol
lowing options:

Option 1. GCSE Science

Option 2. GCSE Science followed by GCSE Additional Science

Option 3. GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Option 1 GCSE Science:

Students taking this option would study units B1, C1 & P1 in year 10 followed by units
C2 & P2 in year 11. During the two years each student would undertake a controlled
assessment task and 2 GCSE exams. This course would be taken by those who would
struggle with 2 GCSE’s in Science.

Option 2 GCSE Science & GCSE Additional Science:

option would be taken by the majority of students. This would cover the same units,
assessment & exams as above in GCSE Science, but all in year 10. Then in year 11 it would
cover GCSE additional Science consisting of units B3, B4, C3, C4, P3 & P4 along wi
th another
controlled assessment task and 2 exams in the June.

Option 3 Separate Sciences:

This option would be taken by the gifted & talented Scientist & those intending further
study in the sciences. This course covers all the above units 1
6 in three
science subjects.
Each Science will have a controlled assessment task and 2 GCSE exams.

Curriculum taught in each option.

Below is the full list of units of work covered during each of these courses:

Core science


Unit B1: Understanding ourselves

Fitness and diet

Disease and immunity

The nervous system and homeostasis

Drugs, tobacco and alcohol

Variation and inheritance

Plant growth

Unit B2: Understanding our environment

Classification and food chains

Carbon and nitrogen cycle

interdependence and adaptations


Pollution and sustainability


Unit C1: Carbon Chemistry

Crude oil and hydrocarbons

Carbon fuels and air pollution

Alkanes, alkenes and polymers

Cooking and food additives

Smells, nail varnish and testing

Paints and pigments

Unit C2: Chemical resources

Structure of the Earth and plate tectonics

Construction materials and concrete

Copper, alloys and corrosion

Making ammonia

Acids and alkalis and making fertilisers

Chemicals from salt and electrolysis


Unit P1: Energy for the home

Heat and temperature

Conduction, convection and radiation

Insulation and energy efficiency

Electromagnetic spectrum

Analogue and digital

Seismic waves

Unit P2: Living for the future

Generating electricity

Global warmin


Fossil fuels and biomass


Solar system

Additional Science


Unit B3: Living and growing

DNA and genes

Proteins and enzymes

Respiration and exercise

Mitosis and meiosis

Circulatory system

Selective breeding

Genetic engineering and

Unit B4: It’s a green world

Identification keys

Photosynthesis and the leaf

Plant structure


Plant minerals

Decay and recycling

Intensive and organic farming


Unit C3: Chemical economics

Rates of reaction

Relative formula ma

Conservation of mass

Percentage yield

Energy and reactions


Unit C4: The periodic table

Atomic structure, Ionic and covalent bonding

Group 1 and 7 elements

Transition elements

Metallic structure


Purifying water


Unit P3: Forces and motion

Speed and stopping distances

Work and power

Kinetic energy


Collisions and car safety

Gravitational potential energy

Unit P4: Electricity, waves and radiation


Current and resistance

Longitudinal waves and


Radioactivity and uses of radiation

Nuclear power

Chain reactions and nuclear fusion

Units for separate sciences only


Unit B5: The living body

Skeletons, muscles and joints

Circulatory and respiratory systems

Digestive and excretory sy

Reproductive system



Unit B6: Beyond the microscope

Bacteria, fungi and viruses

Transmission and development of disease

Useful bacteria and brewing


Life in soil and water


Genetic engineering

DNA fingerprinting


Unit C5: Quantitative analysis

Moles and molar mass

Percentage composition and empirical formulae

Concentration and dilution

pH curves and titrations


Making sulphuric acid

Making insoluble compounds

Testing ions

Unit C6: Chemistry out


Electrolysis of solutions

Fuel cells

Redox reactions and rusting

Fermentation and alcohols

The ozone layer

Water hardness

Emulsions, soap and detergents


Unit P5: Space for reflection


Equations of motion



Waves through the atmosphere

The ionosphere and diffraction

Light, refraction and dispersion

Lenses and lens diagrams

Unit P6: Electricity for gadgets

Resistance, voltage and current

Potential divider

LDRs, thermistors and resistors

Logic gates

Dynamo effect

Transformers and their uses

Diodes and capacitors

This is an overview of the course for each year.

Further details are included in the Scheme of Work for this subject.

If you wish a copy of the scheme of work you should contact the
l office.

If it is a printed document we will have to make a small photocopying
charge, in accordance with school policies.

Please note the Scheme of Work is a working document which changes
as the year progresses.