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GCSE Science Intensive at Richmond Adult Community College

Course description

This course follows the AQA co-ordinated B syllabus (4462). It is a linear syllabus suitable for the post-16 student. You will need a sound knowledge of Maths and English to succeed on this course and you will need to have knowledge of how you learn - your preferred learning style for example - as well as a knowledge and understanding of study skills. There is one coursework task, consisting of an experiment and test completed in class time. This is a busy and comprehensive written examination based course. Please note that there is one class per week during term time.

Course content

There are 4 Sections on this Syllabus: How Science Works The thinking behind the doing Fundamental ideas Observation as a stimulus to investigation Designing an investigation Making measurements Presenting data Using data to draw conclusions Societal aspects of scientific evidence Limitations of Scientific Evidence Biology How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment? What can we do to keep our bodies healthy? How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs? What causes infectious diseases and how can our bodies defend themselves against them? What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are? Why are individuals of the same species different from each other? What new methods do we have for producing plants and animals with the characteristics we prefer? Why have some species of plants and animals died out? How do new species of plants and animals develop? How do humans affect the environment? Chemistry How do rocks provide building materials? How do rocks provide metals and how are metals used? How do we get fuels from crude oil? How are polymers and ethanol made from oil? How can plant oils be used? What are the changes in the Earth and its atmosphere? Physics How is heat (thermal energy) transferred and what factors affect the rate at which heat is transferred? What is meant by the efficient use of energy? Why are electrical devices so useful? How should we generate the electricity we need? What are the uses and hazards of the waves that form the electromagnetic spectrum? What are the uses and dangers of emissions from radioactive substances? What do we know about the origins of the Universe and how it continues to change? The course does have a fee and you are expected to pay this before the start to secure your place subject to you successfully completing initial assessment. You may be eligible for Bursary Support with the fee for this section of the course. Details are available on our web-site or in our Prospectus. Alternatively you can email or phone: 020 8843 7921 or you can visit on one of our Open Days to get further information.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at SfL Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Numeracy and Literacy. However, if you have recently achieved a minimum of Grade D in GCSE Maths and GCSE English then this will be accepted as an appropriate standard and you will be exempt from the initial assessment.


Your assessment is though 3 x 45 minute exam papers on different nationally set days in May and/or June. Please note the exam dates and times will be different to your class day and time. Each paper is worth 25% of the marks and the coursework is worth 25% of the marks. You must attend the dates set for coursework, as set by the tutor. The coursework will be an investigation carried out in class one week and a written paper during class the following week.

Further information This course may not be set up yet but it will be available in 2012

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Adult Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2017
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