SCIENCE

Why study Science?

GCSE Science will help you to appreciate how science affects everything you do.  From what constitutes a healthy diet to how to make fertilisers for crops; from what happens when you get ill to how you can get better; from how electricity is made to light your homes to how we are affecting our environment. These and many other things will be explored.

What is science like at GCSE?

Science is a compulsory subject for all students in Years 10 and 11.  There are five lessons per fortnight taught by three specialist teachers.  By the end of Year 11, students will have studied topics in biology, chemistry and physics. 

What is the course?

Students will study the Edexcel Science Certificate course.  This is a traditional GCSE level science course which provides a firm grounding in science whether or not you decide to study sciences beyond Year 11. The course offers rigorous content in each of the three sciences and allows students to enter examinations for separate or dual sciences at the end of the course.  The decision about which examination route to be taken by individual students will be made in Year 11 and will be informed by the progress made so far

The examinations will be either three separate two hour examinations (biology, chemistry and physics) for the dual science award and three additional one hour papers in each science for the separate awards. 

What will I study?

Students will experience topics in biology, chemistry and physics which largely expand upon concepts covered during Key Stage 3.  Each topic is relevant to and explores current scientific issues and is designed to help students to develop and use scientific skills and ideas to make sense of information they are provided with; not only from schools but also from other sources such as the media.  Students will have plenty of opportunity to develop their practical investigation skills throughout the two year course and will be able to plan their own investigations independently.

Grouping

As there are no tiers of entry for the final examinations, all students will be taught the same material and will have access to all the concepts and content in the course.  There will be assessments twice every half term to measure progress with the assessment activities varying in nature. 

What skills will it develop?

In the science department, we aim to develop self-discipline and a sense of responsibility for your own learning.  The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, and your ability to apply these ideas to everyday situations.  Practical skills such as planning and carrying out investigations, analysing results and evaluating methods are useful life skills as well as good scientific skills.

Controlled Assessment

There are no controlled assessments in this course.

Summary

Science is a fascinating and enjoyable subject and an understanding of science is so important in everyday life.  We hope all students enjoy studying science and consider continuing to do so after Year 11.

For further information, please see Dr. Simha, Miss Laverick or any of your science teachers.