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Core Science and Additional Science GCSE at Stocksbridge High

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Students on this course will study 2 general science GCSEs. They will take a core science GCSE and follow this up with a GCSE of further additional science. This course covers areas such as the theory and ethical issues surrounding gene technology and cloning, new materials and plastics, forensic science, physics of space flight and the search for extra-terrestrial life are all covered; whilst covering the basics of science needed for a citizen of the 21st century. Students will also study how science works, how real scientists carry out science and how they communicate their ideas. All students will study topics from the 3 strands of science; biology, chemistry and physics and eventually have 2 GCSE awards in science. This new course will also use similar information technology to enhance student learning both in lessons and at home.

Students will be working in groups according to their progress in science in Y9 and their expected GCSE grade. Students must work safely in labs and follow all safety rules provided.


Students ability will be assessed in a variety of ways. There will be modular exams taken throughout the 2 year course which will in November, March and June. There will be exams in Y10 that contribute towards their final GCSE grades for all students. Students will also be assessed by a variety of coursework ctivities. The courses allow the assessment of students to vary. The exact percentage that exams and coursework contribute to the final grade can vary but will be approximately in the region 60-70% exams and 30-40% coursework.

Future opportunities

This course is aimed at students who will progress to A-levels and further study at college. Students will gain knowledge and skills so that they will be well qualified to embark on applied A-level courses (including science courses) and vocational courses. Science GCSE is recognised as an important qualification by employers, colleges and universities. It is also a requirement for some professions (e.g. teaching). Science qualifications are ideal for a wide variety of careers e.g. Law, the Financial world,
Business and Engineering can all be entered with Science qualifications.

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: 02 October 2016
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