Science GCSE

 

CORE SUBJECT

Depending on whether they are taking or 9 GCSEs, students will study for the Double or Triple Award:

Exam Board: EDEXCEL DOUBLE AWARD COMBINED SCIENCE             Course Leader: Mrs Catherine Clawley

Assessment: Examinations 100%


Course Demands: Each GCSE will comprise of units in biology, chemistry and physics. For each unit the students will take 2 No. 1 hour 10 minute exams which will comprise of 16.67% of their overall GCSE grade.  Practical assessments are now required practicals which will be carried out in class but then assessed during the exams.  


Unit titles include:

  • Classification
  • Variation and inheritance
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Energy and the future
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.
  • Development of scientific thinking, experimental skills and strategies.


Progression:

This course leads on to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It is also accepted for admission to all Science based vocational qualifications.

This course could be of interest for pupils considering careers in any aspect of engineering, civil, electrical, chemical, etc. Medical services with people or animals, food technology, hygiene, catering, pharmaceutical or chemical industries, environmental monitoring, ecology, horticultural or agricultural sciences etc.  

Exam Board: EDEXCEL SEPARATE SCIENCES   Course Leader: Mrs Catherine Clawley


Assessment: Examination 100%

Course demands: Students following this course will complete the same modules and assessments that core and additional science students will take. In addition they will also study an extra 3 units to convert the 2 GCSE’s into 3.

These additional units are academically more difficult and form a bridge between GCSE and A-level style study. Students will sit 2 papers for each discipline, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. There will be 100 marks available for each paper and  will take 1 hour 45 minutes each.

Students studying this course will be expected to complete the work at a faster rate than the students on double award pathway. Hence this course is recommended for those students working with a high level of scientific proficiency.

Unit titles include:

  • Classification
  • Variation and inheritance
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Energy and the future
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  • Biotechnology
  • Gases, equilibria and ammonia
  • Radiation in treatment and medicine.

Progression:

Triple Award Science is the ideal route into Science based careers like medicine, veterinary science, forensics or engineering. It is favoured by universities when selecting candidates for university places. It also greatly improves the chances of good grades if Biology, Chemistry or Physics are studied at A-level.