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Science Gateway B (GCSE Double Award) at Graham School Science and Arts College

Course description

All students will study the following topics: - Year 10 Biology - Understanding ourselves, Understanding our environment Chemistry - Carbon Chemistry, Rocks and Metals Physics - Energy in the home, Living for the future Year 11 Biology - Living and growing, It’s a Green World Chemistry - The Periodic Table, Chemical Economics Physics - Forces for transport, Radiation for life It is a balanced Science course, covering physical, chemical and biological areas of study. There is also a balance between scientific knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes and students are encouraged to develop their sense of curiosity and a responsible attitude towards the natural world. Students should attain sufficient knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to appreciate the social, economic and technological effects of Science in the world today. Method of Assessment: 1. During Year 10, the students will complete two practical assessments (can-do tasks and a report) marked internally against national criteria common to all GCSE Science specifications and then moderated by OCR. These count for 16 ½ % of the total. 2. At the end of Year 10, there are two GCSE Examinations (1 hour each) which together count for 33 ½ % of the total. 3. During Year 11 the students will complete a research assessment marked as for the Year 10 practical assessments. This will count 16 ½ % of the total. 4. At the end of Year 11, there are two GCSE examinations (1 hour each) which, together, count for 33 ½ % of the total. In addition, teachers will use end-of-topic tests set by OCR to measure progress and identify targets for revision. In tests and examinations, there are two levels of entry: Foundation and Higher. The results of end-of-topic tests are used to help decide on the level of examination to be taken by each student; grades above C are available only via the Higher level papers. The course is a two-year, double award GCSE course, designed for the whole ability range. It is accepted by employers as a suitable preperation for work and by schools and colleges as a good foundation for futher study in the field of Science (e.g. A Level).

Future opportunities

You could take this course, which is equivalent to two GCSE's, to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Science and specialise in one area of science or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to science such as a Laboratory Researcher, Science Technician or Pharmacist. You could also go straight into employment as the course is delivered through a work-based training programme, will help you develop the basic scientific skills, knowledge and understanding that employers across the science disciplines are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Graham School Science and Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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