GCSE Science

The aim of the GCSE Science course is to improve your understanding of the basic scientific concepts in the world around you.  The work centres on developing your knowledge and understanding in the key areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics including up to date ideas on global warming and genetic engineering.

What will I study?

The course focuses on a range of scientific topics in all the sciences across coursework and exams.

Controlled Assessment: ISA

Two assessed activities with a written paper completed in lesson time – 25% of the final mark.

Biology: Foundation or Higher

This topic consists of topics ranging from keeping healthy and how our bodies maintains internal conditions to the theories how the species on Earth came to be – one hour exam.

This represents 25% of the total GCSE marks.

Chemistry: Foundation or Higher

This topic consists of the uses of major Chemical in the world, from use of crude oil for petrol or the uses of metals due to their properties- one hour.

This represents 25% of the total GCSE marks.

Physics: Foundation or Higher

This topic consists of the uses of major Physics in the world, ranging from the uses and methods of generating electricity to energy waves- one hour.

This represents 25% of the total GCSE marks.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have achieved a good range of GCSEs (or equivalent) mainly at grades D and E.

What skills do I need?

Skills in:

· Writing

· Reading

· Speaking

· Application of ideas

How will I be taught?

There is a wide variety of methods, including teacher– led work, group-work and pair-work and practical based work.  You will be expected to give presentations to the group as well as producing individual assignments.  Handouts and videos also form part of the course.  It builds on existing knowledge and abilities to prepare you for assessment  in one academic year.  ICT resources will also be used.

How is the course assessed?

ISAs – practical assessments

Three 1hr written external examinations.

What will this course prepare me for?

It will give you the ability to explain the major ideas behind the scientific phenomena that occur in the world around us and give you valuable insight into countless jobs and on a variety of HE courses.  GCSE Science grade C is a prerequisite for many university courses and most careers.

Private study

As an approximate guideline AS subjects require 3-4 hrs of independent study each; A2 subjects 4-5 hrs each and GCSE subjects 2 hrs each.