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Science (Additional) - GCSE at William Ellis School

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This Additional Science specification is part of the linked Twenty First Century Science Suite of specifications: Science A, Additional Science A, Additional Applied Science A, Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics A. This linked suite allows Centres maximum flexibility in the delivery of GCSE courses in Science and the separate Sciences. The content of this suite is based on a project devised by the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) as part of a QCA project on Science in the 21st Century. Centres piloting GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Additional Applied Science have helped the development of this specification. OCR is the only awarding body to have piloted any of the new GCSE Sciences. GCSE Additional Science A is a concept-led course developed to meet the needs of candidates seeking a deeper understanding of basic scientific ideas. The course focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives candidates an insight into how scientists develop scientific understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit. This specification, together with GCSE Science A (J630), aims to provide candidates with the scientific understanding needed to progress to further studies of science, should they choose to undertake them. Candidates should gain a deeper understanding of: Scientific explanations and models How these concepts can be applied to the benefit of humanity How scientists help to develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit. This specification comprises nine teaching modules which are assessed through five Units. The first three Units, each worth 16.7% of the total GCSE marks, use objective questions to assess knowledge and understanding of the specification content, and application of that knowledge and understanding. The fourth Unit, also worth 16.7% uses structured questions to focus on three modules, one each of biology, chemistry and physics, with the subject made clear by pre-release material. The fifth Skills Assessment Unit (33.3%) comprises a complete practical investigation task, assessed by teachers, internally standardised and then externally moderated by OCR. Alternatively, candidates can also achieve GCSE Additional Science A by taking Unit 2 from each of J633 Biology A (A222), J634 Chemistry A (A322) and J635 Physics A (A332) plus Units 4 and 5 from this specification. Candidates taking GCSE Science with GCSE Additional Science (or Additional Applied Science), or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics, will have the experience necessary to progress to appropriate level 3 qualifications.

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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