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GCSE Science (AQA) at Trafford College

Course description

Science is a wide ranging subject with an increasing relevance to everyday life in terms of health and environmental issues.A course based on this specification encourages candidates to:*develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science*develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods*acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society*acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.Whats on the course?The units which contribute to the subject award GCSE Science are: Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1 and a practical centre-assessed unit.Biology 1 includes the topics Human Biology: Evolution and the Environment. Physics 1 includes Energy and Electricity: Radiation and the Universe. Chemistry 1 covers Oils, Earth and Atmosphere: Products from Rocks.ISA - Investigative Skills Assignment - set by AQA. This involves the collection of raw data from an experiment, the processing of this data and drawing a graph. Based on this data a test is taken. Additional resources are provided at this stage to allow you to comment on the experimental method and the analysis and evaluation of the results.

Entry requirements

Commitment to the course with ability to attend all evening sessions.


This specification is one of a suite of GCSE Science specifications offered by AQA. The specification leads to a single award GCSE Science by a combination of examination and centre assessed practical work.The award has four assessment units.You will sit three 1 hour written test papers in June.There is no coursework to be submitted, but you will carry out an externally set practical test and a written Practical Skills Assessment, both are internally assessed.

Future opportunities

By obtaining this certificate you may meet the Science entry requirements for courses which include Primary Teacher Training and various Nursing qualifications provided by Manchester Metropolitan University and other Universities across the UK. Please check with the University first. Alternatively you can study GCSE Physics. GCSE qualification is also a prerequisite for the qualification BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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