We are following the suite of GCSE Science specifications offered by AQA and Edexcel. These courses place emphasis on ‘How Science Works’, which means not just learning theory but understanding the practical side of Science and its relation to the world in which we live.
Students explore the key science explanations which help us to make sense of our lives. It also encourages students to engage with science in their everyday lives and enables students to make informed choices about further study and career options relating to scientific subjects.
In order to respond to scientific information presented in the media and everyday situations, it is important to understand how this information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are, and how it is used to prepare young people to deal with issues such as childhood vaccinations, air quality, and mobile phone safety as they arise.
Future scientists will also benefit from this study of how science works
There will be three different routes by which Science may be studied in Years 9 to 11. All of these courses will include areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will have some choice about the amount of time you wish to spend studying Science but will also be given clear guidance as to which is most suitable for you. The three routes are as follows:-
BTEC CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE: EDEXCEL
The BTEC Certificate is 75% coursework and 25% exam. Pupils must complete 6 coursework units where they collect a portfolio of evidence and 2 exam units which are assessed by 2 x 1 hour exams.
This course will follow GSCE Science A. The scheme of assessment consists of a centre-assessed unit (25%) and six objective tests (75%) .
GCSE 21st CENTURY SCIENCE DOUBLE: OCR
Double science – GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science
GCSE Core Science consists of three externally assessed units (1, 2 and 3) and one internally assessed unit all with equal weightings of 25%.
GCSE Additional Science consists of three externally assessed units (4, 5 and 6) and one internally assessed unit all with equal weightings of 25%.
Students receive two separate GCSE Science grades.
GCSE 21st CENTURY SCIENCE TRIPLE: OCR
This is for students who may want to study Science ‘A’ levels as it involves a serious commitment to Science.
GCSE Biology consists of seven externally assessed units (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) and one internally assessed unit. Students sit 3 exams B1,B2,B3 and B4,B5,B6 and B7 all with equal weightings of 25% plus and internally assessed unit.
GCSE Chemistry consists of seven externally assessed units (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) and one internally assessed unit. Students sit 3 exams C1,C2,C3 and C4,C5,C6 and C7 all with equal weightings of 25% plus and internally assessed unit.
GCSE Physics consists of seven externally assessed units (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) and one internally assessed unit. Students sit 3 exams P1,P2,P3 and P4,P5,P6 and P7 all with equal weightings of 25% plus and internally assessed unit.
Links to Learning Resources
Carbon Footprint Calculator
The Science Department have just implemented a Carbon Footprint Calculator for students to use within school. There is an opportunity for an online version of the same program to be used from outside school. You can find it at http://www.bp.com/bpes/cft
Now that IS Rocket Science!
Discovery Club - Telescope Photo Diary
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