Science -Triple (Biology) GCSE at Parliament Hill School
Exam board: 21st Century Science OCR Team Leader: Ms C. Ellis, Science@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? Triple Science covers a more extensive range of subject matter and provides the best preparation for entry to A level in the respective subjects. The course is suitable to students who have a specifi c interest in science who are predicted to achieve a level 6 by the end of year 9, and/or wish to study any of the sciences at AS/A2 level. Quotes from Year 11 ‘I really enjoyed the faster pace of the lessons and the greater depth we got to learn the work in.’ ‘I liked learning about how things worked, such as the telescope.’ ‘We got to learn about familiar concepts in greater detail, and I enjoyed how many of the concepts linked together.’ ‘I really want to study medicine at university so I wanted to make sure that I learnt the concepts at GCSE in more detail to help me with my A levels in science next year.’ Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) Students will complete three written exams for each subject: Unit 1 16.7% Unit 2 16.7% Unit 3 (Ideas in context plus) 33.3% plus internally assessed skills, a full investigation as course work 33.3% Tiers on entry Higher or Foundation Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students need to gain a grade B in each subject to be eligible to study A levels in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics at LaSwap Description of course Students will receive 14 lessons per fortnight taught by 3 separate science teachers. In each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, students complete six modules, three from GCSE Core Science and three from GCSE Additional Science. Students then study a Further Science module for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to complete their three full GCSE courses: • B7 Further biology: Biology across the ecosystem • C7 Further chemistry: Chemistry for a sustainable world • P7 Further physics: Observing the Universe These Further Science modules have been developed on the same principle as the other courses: they have their own distinct purpose and fl avour, and are not simply ‘more of the same’. Each subject uses contemporary contexts to explore new concepts, and to encourage students to draw together some of the ideas they have already developed Events / trips / residential information Students have an ‘investigation day’ where they complete a scientifi c investigation over one day, supported by their science teachers, as part of their coursework. Useful websites: http://www.21stcenturyscience. org/rationale/information-forparents, 1486,NA.html (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
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