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Science GCSE at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

Double science is made up from two separate GCSE’s: Core Science A and Additional Science. Core Science A and Additional Science can be studied separately or combined to make the double qualification.

Core Science A

GCSE Science A: This covers the Science Programme of Study (the content of this makes up part of the separate Science awards). This has been developed so that students become more ‘scientifically literate', i.e. they are able to make reasoned judgements about the science issues which may affect them in their everyday lives. 

Additional Science

Additional Science: This covers the new Science Programme of Study. This has been developed so that students become more ‘scientifically literate', i.e. they are able to make reasoned judgements about the science issues which may affect them in their everyday lives.

Course content

Core Science 

  • Unit 1: Biology 1 
  • Unit 2: Chemistry 1 
  • Unit 3: Physics 1 
  • Unit 4: ISA – controlled assessment

Additional Science

  • Unit 1: Biology 2 
  • Unit 2: Chemistry 2 8
  • Unit 3: Physics 2 
  • Unit 4: ISA – controlled assessment

Assessment

Three 60 minute (tiered) structured and closed question papers that contain at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. These papers will be sat in June. Each paper is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

Additional Science has a centre assessed aspect that is worth 25% of the GCSE. The ISA assesses the student's ability to undertake a task and collect, process and evaluate data. Students carry out a practical task set by AQA, under normal laboratory conditions, they then take a written test under controlled conditions.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for progression onto A level sciences. The development of science in a modern society is essential for economic growth. It increasingly plays a part in our everyday lives. The list of career opportunities is almost endless. They range from the medical profession, i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, public health and dentistry, to construction engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Opportunities also occur in computing, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. Scientists also form an important part of the aerospace industry, industrial chemical manufacturing, textiles and car industry.

Further information

Course contact: elise.berrill@mybiddenham.com 

Exam board information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science#bmGCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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