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Natural Selection and Genetic Modification
Key Concepts
  • Evidence For Human Evolution From Fossils And Stone Tools
  • Darwin's Theory Of Evolution
  • Classification Of Organisms: Kingdoms And Domains
  • Selective Breeding And Genetic Engineering
  • Uses Of Genetically Engineered Organisms In Agriculture And Medicine
Key Vocabulary
Evolution, Species, Ancestor, Antibiotic, Competition, Genetic Variation. Natural Selection, Resistant, Classification, Domain, Genus, Kingdom, Gene, Genetic Engineering, GMO, Genome, Yield, Selective Breeding, Allele, Base, Diabetes, Insulin, Ligase, Plasmid, Recombinant DNA, Restriction Enzyme, Vector
Health, Disease And The Development Of Medicines
Key Concepts
  • Health, Disease And The Immune System
  • Non-communicable Diseases, Including Malnutrition And Liver Disease
  • Causes Of And Treatment For Cardiovascular Disease
  • Problems And Diseases Caused By Pathogens
  • The Spread Of Pathogens And How This Spread Can Be Reduced Or Prevented
  • How Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Are Spread And How This Spread Can Be Reduced Or Prevented
  • The Immune System And The Role Of Antibodies
Key Vocabulary
Communicable Disease, Correlation, Disease, Immune System, Pathogen, Cirrhosis, Deficiency Disease, Malnutrition, BMI, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, Stent, AIDs, Chalara Dieback, Cholera, Diarrhoea, Haemorrhagic Fever, Host, HIV Protest, White Blood Cell, Epidemic, Chlamydia, Malaria, Mucus, Activate, Antibody, Antigen, Immune, Immunisation, Lymphocyte, Memory Lymphocyte, Secondary Response, Vaccine, Clinical Trial, Colony, Inhibit, Penicillin, Pre-clinical Testing, Resistance, Side Effect
Plant Structures and Their Functions
Key Concepts
  • The Process Of Photosynthesis, How A Leaf Is Adapted For Photosynthesis And Why Photosynthesis Is Important For Almost All Life On Earth
  • The Limiting Factors Of Photosynthesis, Including Light Intensity, And How They Change The Rate Of Photosynthesis
  • How Plant Roots Use Diffusion, Osmosis And Active Transport To Transport Substances, And How Root Hair Cells Are Adapted To Their Functions
  • Factors Affecting The Rate Of Transpiration, The Translocation Of Sugar In Plants And How The Structures Of Xylem And Phloem Are Adapted To Their Functions
Key Vocabulary
Biomass, Cellulose, Chloroplast, Endothermic Reaction, Food Chain, Gas Exchange, Glucose, Guard Cell, Lipid, Palisade Cell, Photosynthesis, Polymer, Producer, Protein, Protist, Respiration, Starch, Stoma, Storage Organ, Sucrose, Active Transport, Diffusion, Nitrate, Osmosis, Partially Permeable Membrane, Protein, Root Hair Cell, Companion Cell, Lignin, Phloem Tissue, Translocation, Transpiration, Xylem Vessel, Photometer
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Acids and Alkalis
Key Concepts
  • Acids And Alkalis And Their Effect On Indicators
  • Looking At Acid Concentrations, And The Difference Between Strong And Weak Acids
  • Neutralisation Reactions: Bases, Acids And Salts
  • The Nature Of Alkalis, Their Reaction With Acids And Writing Balanced Equations
  • Neutralisation And Producing A Soluble Salt Using Titration
  • Reactions Of Acids With Metals And Carbonates, And Writing Iconic Equations
  • Solubility Of Common Substances And Formation Of Precipitates
Key Vocabulary
Acid, Acidic, Acidity, Alkali, Alkaline, Alkalinity, Aqueous Solution, Concentration, Indicator, Neutral, pH Scale, Universal Indicator, Concentrated, Dilute, Dissociate, pH Meter, Strong Acid, Weak Acid, Base, Crystallisation, Filter, Neutralise, Salt, State Symbols, Alkali, Balanced Equation, Burette, End-point, Pipette, Titration, Effervescence, Half Equation, Ionic Equation, Oxidation, Reactivity Series, Reduction, Spectator Ions, Precipitate, Precipitation
Calculations Involving Masses
Key Concepts
  • Calculate Relative Formula Masses Of Elements And Compounds Using Relative Atomic Masses
  • The Law Of Conservation Of Mass And Calculating Masses Of Reactants And Products
  • Moles Of Particles
Key Vocabulary
Empirical Formula, Molecular Formula, Relative Formula Mass, Concentration, Solute, Solvent, Precipitate, Closed System, Law Of Conservation Of Mass, Non-enclosed System, Avogadro Constant, Limiting Reaction, Mole, Stoichiometry
Electrolytic Processes
Key Concepts
  • Electrolytes And What Happens During Electrolysis
  • The Formation Of Products From Electrolysis
Key Vocabulary
Anion, Anode, Cathode, Cation, Electrode, Electrolysis, Electrolyte, Half Equation, Oxidation, Reduction, Discharged, Inert
Obtaining and Using Metals
Key Concepts
  • The Reactivity Of Metals
  • The Extraction Of Metals From Their Ores
  • Explaining Oxidation And Reduction
  • Recycling Materials And The Stages In A Life Cycle Assessment
Key Vocabulary
Cation, Displacement Reaction, Half Equation, Oxidation, Reactivity Series, Redox Reaction, Reduction, Spectator Ions, Bioleaching, Electrolysis, Extraction, Leachate, Native State, Ore, Phytoextraction, Corrosion, Rusting, Tarnish, Life Cycle Assessment, Recycling
Reversible Reactions and Equilibria
Key Concepts
  • Reversible Reactions, Dynamic Equilibrium And The Haber Process
Key Vocabulary
Closed System, Dynamic Equilibrium, Endothermic, Exothermic, Open System, Reversible Reaction
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Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Key Concepts
  • Colour, The Visible Spectrum, Transmission And Absorption
  • Lenses, Focal Length, Power, Diverging And Converging Lenses
  • Using Long Wavelengths, Infrared And Radio Waves, Production Of Radio Waves
  • Radiation And Temperature, Greenhouse Effect
  • Using Short Wavelengths, Ultra Violet, X-Rays And Gamma Rays
  • EM Radiation Dangers
Key Vocabulary
Angle Of Incidence, Angle Of Reflection, Angle Of Refraction, Critical Angle, Incident Ray, Interface, Law Of Reflection, Normal, Ray Diagram, Reflection, Reflected Ray, Refracted Ray, Refraction, Total Internal Reflection, Absorb, Diffuse Reflection, Filter, Luminous, Specular Reflection, Transmit, Visible Spectrum, White Light, Converging Lens, Diverging Lens, Focal Point, Focal Length, Focal Point, Object, Power, Real Image, Virtual Image, Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency, Infrared, Transverse, Ultraviolet, Vacuum, Gamma Rays, Microwaves, Radio Waves, X-rays, Oscillations, Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gas, Power (Energy Transfers), Watts, Fluorescence, Radiotherapy, DNA, Mutation, Skin Cancer
Key Concepts
  • The Structure Of Atoms, Types Of Radiation And Their Effect On Atoms, And The Dangers Of Radioactive Substances And Sources
  • The Atomic Model And How It Has Changed Over Time
  • The Relative Masses And Charges Of Atomic Particles, Isotopes And Representing Isotopes
  • Electronic Configuration, The Effect Of Electromagnetic Radiation On Atoms And Ionisation
  • Background Radiation, Sources Of Background Radiation And Detecting Radiation
  • Alpha Particles, Beta Particles And Gamma Radiation, And Their Ionising And Penetrating Properties
  • Beta Decay And Nuclear Equations
  • The Half-life Of Radioactive Substances
  • The Dangers Of Ionising Radiation And What Precautions Should Be Taken When Using Radiation
Key Vocabulary
Alpha Particle, Atom, Electron, Element, Kinetic Theory, Nucleus, Particle Theory, Subatomic Particle, Atomic Number, Isotope, Mass Number, Neutron, Nucleon, Nucleon Number, Proton, Proton Number, Relative Mass, Absorption Spectrum, Electromagnetic Radiation, Electron Shell, Electronic Configuration, Emissions Spectrum, Ion, Ionising Radiation, Orbit, Positive Ion, Visible Light, Visible Spectrum, Wavelength, Background Radiation, Cosmic Rays, Count Rate, Dose, Geiger–Müller (GM) Tube
Forces Doing Work, Forces And Their Effects
Key Concepts
  • Energy, Work And Power
  • Objects Affecting Each Other, Contact And Non-Contact Forces
  • Vector Diagrams, Free Body Diagrams Using Pythagoras
Key Vocabulary
Energy, Power, Watts, Work Done, Action-reaction Forces, Contact Forces, Electric Field, Electrostatic Field, Force Field, Friction, Gravitational Field, Magnet, Magnetic Field, Magnetic Material, Magnetism, Magnitude, Non-contact Force, Normal Contact Force, Scalar Quantity, Static Electricity, Upthrust, Vector, Component, Free Body Force Diagram, Resolving, Resultant Force, Scale Diagram, Vector Diagram, Gears, In Equilibrium, Lever, Moment, Newton Metre, Normal
Subject Overview:

In Year 10 students will initially continue to study for the Edexcel Combined Science GCSE. Students will have 6 lessons a week, 2 for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with each subject being taught by a specialist teacher. As such, students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules simultaneously.

Students will receive 1 homework per week per subject but are also encouraged to frequently review and revise previous content.


At the end of each module students will sit an internal assessment to monitor their progress, this does not count towards their final assessment.

Towards the end of the year students some students will be given the opportunity to transfer to the Edexcel Separate Science GCSE.

This course covers extra content and will award students with 3, separate, GCSE grades.

It is not required for students to be already in set 1 to choose the Separate Science course nor is it a requirement to do Separate Science at GCSE in order to gain access to the A-level courses.