Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Science (KS4 - Single Award)

Science (KS4 - Single Award)

Key Staff

  • Mr J Hampton (HoD)
  • Mr A Maguire

Exam Board: CCEA

This specification enables learners to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds;
  • Develop understanding of the nature of science and its applications and the interrelationships between science and society;
  • Develop understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;
  • Develop and apply observational, practical, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;
  • Develop ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions; and
  • Develop skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts.

The course is split up into the following units:

Unit

Areas of study

Unit1: Biology

External written examination

Foundation and Higher Tiers: 1 hour

Students answer compulsory structured questions that include short responses, extended writing and calculations.

Unit 2: Chemistry

External written examination

Foundation and Higher Tiers: 1 hour

Students answer compulsory structured questions that include short responses, extended writing and calculations.

Unit 3: Physics

External written examination

Foundation and Higher Tiers: 1 hour

Students answer compulsory structured questions that include short responses, extended writing and calculations.

Unit 4: Practical Skills

Booklet A

Practical skills assessment

Foundation and Higher Tiers: 2 hours

Students carry out two pre-release practical tasks (from two of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in the final year of study.

 

Booklet B

External written examination

Foundation Tier: 1 hour Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 mins

Students answer compulsory structured questions that include short responses, extended writing and calculations all set in a practical context for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.