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Science (Core & Additional) GCSE at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

There are 2 different GCSE science courses, and you may choose to do one or both in one year. They are intended for students who have not yet got the qualifications for Advanced level work. Students completing these courses sometimes continue to the level 3 Applied Science BTEC course but a few continue to AS & A levels or other BTEC Courses.
The course develops scientific skills, research skills, knowledge and an understanding of how these skills and knowledge are used in the workplace.

Course content

The course consists of 2 independent GCSE qualifications. You can take either or both.

Science B
This GCSE is 75% examination and 25% controlled coursework assessment.

It includes:

  • Unit 1: My World
    This unit is about the Universe, our planet, and how we make use of the materials that are available to us to make useful products. You will also learn about life on our planet, how energy flows through food chains, and the importance of the element carbon.
  • Unit 2: My family and home
    In this unit you will learn about our senses and how our body works. You will also find out about the science associated with your home, for example using fuels and electricity.
  • Unit 3: Making my world a better place
    You will learn about how science is involved in improving our lives, studying a wide range of topics such as pollution, cancer treatments and home insulation.
  • Unit 4: Using Scientific Skills for the Benefit of Society
    This is a coursework unit and will involve demonstrating scientific skills in controlled assessments at college.

Additional Applied Science
This GCSE is 60% coursework and 40% examination and includes:

  • Unit 1: Science at work
    This unit is assessed by examination and involves learning about the role of scientists in our lives and covers topics such as sport science, material science, forensics and farming.
  • Unit 2: How scientists use practical techniques
    This unit is a coursework unit and will involve a variety of assignments based on how science knowledge and skills are used in the world.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the level 2 entry requirements.


Science B is assessed by three examinations and several controlled coursework assignments and is 75% exam and 25% coursework.

Additional Applied Science is assessed by one examination and several coursework assignments. It is 40% exam and 60% coursework.

Future opportunities

Most students who take these courses continue to Advanced level courses but there are a few who take up employment in related areas. Whatever you choose next to do the Science GCSEs will be a firm foundation for any pathway.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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