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Science (Core) GCSE at Parliament Hill School

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Exam board: 21st Century Science OCR Team Leader: Ms C. Ellis, Science@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? Everyone studies the Science course which leads to one GCSE grade. We have two courses, Additional Science and Additional Applied Science, which build on the Science course and lead to a second GCSE grade. Quotes from Year 11 ‘I have really enjoyed being able to relate to the controversial issues that are covered in the course, and that I had the opportunity to express my own opinions in lessons’ Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) The assessment of GCSE Science is based on: • Three short, objective tests, covering the modules in groups of three each worth 16.7% • A terminal ‘Ideas in context’ exam with pre-release stimulus material 16.7% • Internal assessment of practical skills 33.2%: -analysis and interpretation of primary data collected in class - a case study of a topical scientifi c issue related to the content of the course Tiers on entry Higher or Foundation Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students need to gain a grade B to be eligible to study A levels in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics at LaSwap Description of course Core Science is taught and examined in years 10. The course aims to develop scientifi c literacy. There are two main strands: • key science explanations which help us to make sense of our lives • ideas about science which show how science works.This course views science from the perspective of a member of the public and is taught in the context of topics of current and cultural interest. Future scientists will also benefi t from learning about how science works. Each Science subject: Biology, Chemistry and Physics has been broken down into 3 units. • B1 You and your genes • C1 Air quality • P1 Earth in the Universe • B2 Keeping healthy • C2 Material choices • P2 Radiation and life • B3 Life on Earth • C3 Food matters • P3 Radioactive materials Events / trips / residential information Students will watch a topical play about a scientifi c issue and partcipate in a debate to help prepare students for their Case Study. The Case Study is an individual student report of a topical science-related issue. Students must use information critically from a range of sources to consider different viewpoints, before reaching their own conclusion based on the evidence. They may present their Case study in a variety of ways. Useful websites: http://www.21stcenturyscience. org/rationale/information-forparents, 1486,NA.html

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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