This subject is compulsory for all students.
Core and Additional Science GCSE
Why study this subject?
All aspects of a good science education are covered in this enjoyable, practical based course that provides the opportunity for all students to develop the science knowledge, understanding and skills needed for adult life.
What will I learn?
The Core Science course consists of biology, chemistry and physics units. In biology students study the effect of drugs and disease on the human body, and how humans affect the environment. In chemistry, students study the importance and uses of rocks and crude oil and the changes in the Earth and its atmosphere. Physics includes the study of energy, electricity, the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of the universe. Additional Science builds on the knowledge acquired in core science. Biology includes cells, energy in living things and inheritance. Chemistry includes atomic structure, chemical reactions, and the uses of chemistry in industrial processes. Physics includes the study of forces, energy, static electricity and radioactivity.
How will I be taught?
At the start of the GCSE course you will be set according to your ability and prior attainment to ensure appropriate pace and challenge in you learning.
How will I be assessed?
Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course. Your GCSE grade will be the result of your performance in the controlled assessments and the exams taken at the end of the course.
What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?
You will receive two GCSEs; one in Core and one in Additional Science. If you meet your aspiration grade, you will be encouraged to study for a third GCSE in Further Additional Science.
What can this qualification lead to afterwards?
A good qualification in science is highly prized by future employers. The wide range of topics covered and the skills that will be developed during the course will enable you to progress into a diverse range of careers or to study science post-16.
High grades in your Core and Additional Science GCSEs will allow you to study sciences after Year 11 and pursue a wide range of university courses, including midwifery and forensic science to name a few.
Do I have to do any coursework?
There will be internally assessed practical activities.
How much homework will I have to do?
There will be one piece of homework set per week, but you are expected work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of the topics taught.
Where can I find out more about this qualification?
More details can be found by speaking to any member of the Science department.