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Science A - GCSE at Challenge College

Course description

GCSE Science A provides a Key Stage 4 science course for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. The specification presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units, with a choice of two routes for assessment. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science.

Course content

Unit 1 Biology 1

B1.1 Keeping healthy

B1.2 Nerves and hormones

B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs

B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation

B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

B1.8 Evolution

Unit 1 Chemistry 1

C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry

C1.2 Limestone and building materials

C1.3 Metals and their uses

C1.4 Crude oil and fuels

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirments

Assessment

Unit 1: Biology 1

Written paper - 1 hour

60 marks - 25%

Structured questions

One longer response question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context

Unit 1: Chemistry 1

Written paper - 1 hour

60 marks - 25%

Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science contex

Unit 1: Physics 1

Written paper - 1 hour

60 marks - 25%

Structured and closed questions

Future opportunities

This qualification is a recognised part of the National Qualifications Framework. As such, GCSE is a level 2 qualification and provides progression from key stage 3 to post-16 studies.

A course based on this specification provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. It will follow naturally from a
course based on the programme of study for KS3 Science.
With the approriate grades tudents could progress to any AS Science course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Challenge College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 year

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