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Science

 

Examination Board: AQA                                   

The course is divided into ‘GCSE Science A’ taught in Year 10 and ‘GCSE Additional Science’ taught in Year 11; these two components are entirely independent of each other.

Year 10 – the ‘GCSE Science A’ course

The course includes modules in

  • Biology - looking at keeping healthy
  • Chemistry - studying elements and atoms
  • Physics - learning about transfer of energy
  • Controlled assessment - based on practical skills. 

All four modules are worth 25% of the total mark.

The modules will be examined in June of Year 10 and the controlled assessment carried out in Year 10 or Year 11. Certification will not occur until June of Year 11.

Year 11 – the ‘GCSE Additional Science’ Course

The course includes modules in

  • Biology - studying tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Chemistry - learning about structure and bonding
  • Physics - looking at forces and their effects
  • Controlled assessment - based on practical skills.

All four modules are worth 25% of the total mark.

The modules will be examined in June of Year 11. 

The controlled assessment will be carried out in Year 11.


Students earn two separate GCSEs from the double Science course.

 

THE SEPARATE SCIENCES

Examination Board: AQA. 

Students who choose to opt for the Separate GCSE Sciences will, at the end of the courses, gain three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The additional content that they study covers more challenging material and is ideally suited to those students considering studying the Sciences at A level or those who enjoy learning about scientific issues.

Students are expected to study the complete statutory Programme of Study, so are required to follow courses in all three separate sciences if they take this pathway.

 

The Biology GCSE course comprises topics in:

  • Human Biology
  • Organisms
  • Evolution
  • The environment.

 

There is also a controlled assessment module based on practical skills.

The Chemistry GCSE course comprises topics in:

  • The nature of substances and how they react
  • How Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • The use of raw materials as fuel and in manufacturing and how this affects the global and local environment.

 

There is also a controlled assessment module based on practical skills.

The Physics GCSE course comprises topics in:

  • The use and transfer of energy
  • Waves, radiation and space
  • The application of Physics.

There is also a controlled assessment module based on practical skills.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all divided into three externally examined modules, B1, B2 and B3, C1, C2 and C3 and P1, P2 and P3, each worth 25% of the final mark and a controlled assessment in each subject also worth 25%. 

Students will usually be examined on modules B1, C1 and P1 in June of Year 10, B2, C2 and P2 in January of Year 11 and B3, C3 and P3 in June of Year 11. The controlled assessments will be carried out in lesson time

 

Dr D Allway BSc (Hons) MSc PhD