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Science GCSE: Additional Science A at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is GCSE Science? The Science GCSE course aims to: l provide, through study of practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils so that they may either: i) be suitably prepared to embark upon certain science-dependant vocational courses and studies up to and including "A" Level in any of the pure and applied sciences; ii) enter the world of work at the end of Year 11 with an appreciation of science in everyday life; iii) develop abilities and skills in scientific enquiry, safe practice and experimentation, organisation and communication; iv) foster an interest in science and develop an understanding of the role of science in society by the use of scientific and technological knowledge and ideas to provide explanations and to make informed judgements in everyday life. Science and the National Curriculum Science is one of the ‘core’ National Curriculum subjects. Most pupils in Year 10 spend 20% of their curriculum time studying science and are entered for GCSE Science A. In Year 11 these pupils continue with 20% of curriculum time on science and will choose to follow a second GCSE Science course which may be GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Applied Additional Science. Some pupils may take Triple Award GCSE if they choose this as one of their options. (See Triple Award sheet). Coursework This is worth 33.3% and involves pupils undertaking a complete practical investigation into a scientific question. Coursework activities will take place during the year and pupils will be expected to submit their work to set deadlines. Examinations These are worth 66.7% and comprise four papers taken on separate occasions. Three of the papers cover material taught during the year. The fourth tests pupils ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of science and uses pre release material. Each examination can be taken at one of two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher. All examinations are externally set and marked by the Examination Board. The internal End of Unit tests set are marked by the school, and aid teachers in their advice to pupils for the appropriate tier of entry: Foundation Range of Grades G to C Higher Range of Grades D to A* After the final assessment in June of Year 11 pupils will be awarded a GCSE grade for Science. Homework Follow-up work is meaningfully related to classwork and includes: planning and writing up experiments, researching information, reading, note-taking and answering text book and worksheet questions to aid understanding, and revision for the end-of-unit tests and end-of-year examinations.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for an NVQ Level 1 or 2 in a related subject and depending on your other qualifications, you could progress onto courses leading to the Advanced GCE in Science or Applied Science. With further training, you could go into a job related to science such as a Laboratory Researcher, Science Technician or Pharmacist. You could also go straight into employment as the course is delivered through a work-based training programme, will help you develop the basic scientific skills, knowledge and understanding that employers across the science disciplines are looking for.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Can be 1 or 2 years