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SCIENCE GCSE

Course Outlines
The range of Science GCSE’s are very modern and exciting courses. GCSE Science focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works in the world at large as well as in the laboratory.

GCSE Science is a qualification that covers all aspects of a good science education; evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society; explaining, theorizing and modelling in science; procedural and technical knowledge of science practice with emphasis on evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society.

The course provides the science knowledge, understanding and skills needed for adult life.

Assessment
To obtain 2 GCSE’s in Science students must complete 2 courses:-
Core Science is examined in 4 parts:-
(1) 3 written exams which are 75% (¾) of the total marks
(2) An Investigative Skills Assessment worth 25% (¼) of the total marks

The 3 modules cover the following areas:
Biology 1 (Human Biology, Evolution and Environment) 
Chemistry 1 (Products from Rocks, Oils, Earth and Atmosphere) 
Physics 1 (Energy and Electricity, Radiation and the Universe) 

Additional Science – has greater emphasis on explaining, theorizing and modelling in science. The assessment is as follows:-
(1) 3 written exam papers (Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2). Each written paper is worth 25% (¼) of the final mark
(2) An Investigative Skills Assessment worth 25% (¼) of the total marks

Triple Science - students complete 3 separate science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course is aimed at those wishing to study science at A Level and then at university. The assessment is as follows:-

Biology – comprised of 3 written exams (Biology 1, Biology 2 & Biology 3) and an Investigative Skills Assessment - each section worth 25% (¼) of the total marks. 

Chemistry – comprised of 3 written exams (Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2 & Chemistry 3) and an Investigative Skills Assessment - each section worth 25% (¼) of the total marks.

Physics – comprised of 3 written exams (Physics 1, Physics 2 & Physics 3) and an Investigative Skills Assessment - each section worth 25% (¼) of the total marks.

Progression
From Core and Additional Science GCSE student’s progress onto Triple Science GCSE.
From the Additional Science GCSE students can progress to `A’ Levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
From the Triple Science GCSE’s students can progress to `A’ Levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate and Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science
This qualification offers an approach based on the learner taking on the role of being employed within the science industry. Teaching strategies reflect the nature of the work within science-based industries, using a series of assignments and activities encouraging learners to take responsibility and ownership for their learning. The qualification is 100% internally assessed.

Progression
Learners may progress to a BTEC Level 3 Certificate or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science or related courses, GCE Applied Science or related NVQ qualifications, or enter employment.

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