KS4 Science

Head of KS4 Dr D.Taylor

Exam board and Specification

OCR is used for both core and additional science. Full details on specification and marking criteria can be found on the following links:

OCR Core science

OCR Additional science


Core science

Controled assesment = 25% of the final grade

Biology Unit B1,B2,B3 = 25% of the final grade 

Chemistry Unit C1,C2,C3 = 25% of the final grade

Physics Unit P1,P2,P3 = 25% of the final grade


Additional science

Controled assesment = 25% of the final grade

Biology Unit B4,B5,B6 = 25% of the final grade 

Chemistry Unit C4,C5,C6 = 25% of the final grade

Physics Unit P4,P5,P6 = 25% of the final grade

Homework policy

Students are each equipped with homework folders containing assessed tasks. Each is designed to help pupils get to grips with the concepts studied in class, as well as providing experience on how to apply their knowledge in an exam setting. For all homework, students must take time to carefully consider the problem set and aim to respond to the best of their ability.  Assesment scores can be tracked using the online insight system. 

Useful liturature to support study

GCSE Science revision guide      GCSE Additional Science Revision Guide     Both available for purchase at the Science KS4 office


Useful Web links to support study

BBC Bitesize Yr10 21st Century Science OCR


BBC Bitesize Yr11 21st Century Science OCR


21st OCR Science Oxford press suggested web links for all units 



Recent events

Mole Day – 6.02am on October 23 (10/23)

Toothpaste for elephants, fireflies, green flames and a plethora of stuff in jars made sure that Mole Day was celebrated with a whizz and a bang at St Peter’s.

Although the celebrations should have been much earlier than lunchtime, students and staff still entered into the spirit of the event.

Splat-the-rat was renamed Whack-a-mole as students pitched their reflexes against a furry creature (stuffed not real) as gravity helped it move through a drain pipe.

Inside lab 2, the focus was very much on chemistry as students watched or took part in experiments that are not usually included in the curriculum.

Mole Day honours Avogadro and his constant of 6.02 x 1023 – which is the number of atoms in a mole of an element.

The event was much enjoyed by all involved and could not have taken place without the support of the laboratory technician team as well as the sixth form science students who volunteered to help and ran some of the experiments.