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GCSE Science

Examination Board: OCR

Specification: 21st Century Science                                                                                                              Specification codes:                     Combined Science           J260

                                                            Biology                                  J257

                                                            Chemistry                             J258

Physics                                   J259

Combined Science

For those pupils who do not wish to take the three separate sciences as one of their four options, there is a course of compulsory Combined Science which includes equal components of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The course encourages the study of Science using a narrative based approach where ideas are introduced within relevant and interesting settings.  This helps pupils to link their knowledge to familiar concepts.  Practical skills are embedded within the specification and pupils are expected to carry out particular experiments in preparation for the written examination which will specifically test these skills.  There is no longer controlled assessment in Science.

The syllabus for both the Combined Science course includes the following topics:

B1: You and your genes

B2: Keeping healthy

B3: Living together – food and ecosystems

B4: Using food and controlling growth

B5: The human body – staying alive

B6: Life on Earth – past, present and future

C1: Air and water

C2: Chemical patterns

C3: Chemicals of the natural environment

C4: Material choices

C5: Chemical analysis

C6: Making useful chemicals

P1: Radiation and waves

P2: Sustainable energy

P3: Electric circuits

P4: Explaining motion

P5: Radioactive materials

P6: Matter – models and explanations

BCP7: Ideas about Science

BCP8: Practical Skills

There are four examinations of 1 hour 45 minutes taken at the end of Year 11.  Three papers are worth 95 marks and one is worth 75 marks.

Separate Science

Pupils 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 pupils considering studying the Sciences at A Level or those who enjoy learning about scientific issues.

The courses study the same topics as Combined Science but cover additional content and include greater detail and depth.

  Biology Course Content B1: You and your genes B2: Keeping healthy                          B3: Living together – food and ecosystems B4: Using food and controlling growth B5: The human body – staying alive B6: Life on Earth – past, present and future B7: Ideas about Science B8: Practical Skills   Chemistry Course Content C1: Air and water C2: Chemical patterns C3: Chemicals of the naturals environment C4: Material choices C5: Chemical analysis C6: Making useful chemicals C7: Ideas about Science C8: Practical Skills   Physics Course Content P1: Radiation and waves P2: Sustainable energy P3: Electric circuits P4: Explaining motion P5: Radioactive materials P6: Matter – models and explanations P7: Ideas about Science P8: Practical Skills   Each Science GCSE is examined in two papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 90 marks.

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