Science

GCSE

Contact: Mrs J Clegg, Director of Learning – Science

and Miss C O’Shaughnessy, Teacher i.c. GCSE Sciences

Introduction:

This GCSE in Additional Science encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical and satisfying course of study. The course stimulates students’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and career choices.

What will it be like:

Expectations are high and you will move quickly through science content. Practical investigations will encourage you to learn through experimentation, problem solving and classroom discussion. The Additional Science course leads to a qualification of two GCSE in science. You will attempt 3 examinations at the end of years 10 and 11. For very able students we offer the Extended Science course. This course leads to a qualification of three GCSEs in science. You will attempt six examinations at the end of year 10 and a further three examinations at the end of year 11.

Areas of study will include:

  • Humans and our environment
  • Genetics and modern medicine
  • Understanding the atom
  • New man made materials such as Kevlar
  • How electricity has changed our lives
  • Space exploration and our closest celestial neighbours

Assessment:

All science examinations take place in May/June. Modular examinations are no longer an option. The examination papers each last one hour and each contains six questions. Practical coursework examination also involves extended writing and will require well developed literacy skills to ensure a higher grade.

Beyond Year 11:

A Level courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, psychology build upon the major concepts first met during GCSE. Practical skills developed are also important for success at A Level. Learners wishing to study A Level sciences must obtain grade B or higher in their GCSE sciences.
 
 

 

BTEC

Contact: Mrs J Clegg, Director of Learning – Science

And Mrs S West, Teacher i.c. BTEC Sciences

Introduction:

This course is highly practical based and would suit those who find examinations challenging. The Diploma is equivalent to two GCSEs.

What will it be like:

The course is based on learners taking on the role of being employed within science related industries. In year 10 you will attempt the first part of the course: Principles of Applied Science. From the end of year 10 and during year 11 you will attempt the second part of the course: Application of Science.

Areas of study will include:

The biology, chemistry and physics studied reflect the nature of the work undertaken within science-based industries, using a series of assignments and activities that encourage learners to take responsibility and ownership for their learning. For those successful students wishing to explore vocational studies we offer Extended Certificate in Applied Science. This involves studying an additional 4 units and will gain 3 GCSEs.

Assessment:

In year 10 you will study 4 units, each worth 25% of the final mark. Three of these units are internally assessed based on coursework carried out within school. The fourth unit will be assessed in June, by an externally set, one hour examination. A similar structure applies in year 11.

Beyond Year 11:

Learners may progress to a BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science or Environmental Sustainability or other related BTEC Nationals and related NVQ qualifications, or enter employment. Learners wishing to study A Level Sciences must obtain Merit Level or higher in their BTEC course.
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