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Current Cohort:

Course Title: Core Science/Additional Science/Separate Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Not Applicable
Contact: Mr P Clark
Course Aims:
Biology
Separate Science students are following Edexcel GCSE in Biology (2BI01) over the two years of GCSE. They are assessed in two ways.

  • Centre Assessed Units in Years 10 and 11 - 25% of the final grade
  • Three written papers (60 minutes each) – each worth 25% of the final grade

At the end of the course students will be awarded a GCSE grade in Biology.

Chemistry
Separate Science students are following Edexcel GCSE in Chemistry (2CH01) over the two years of GCSE. They are assessed in two ways.

  • Centre Assessed Units in Years 10 and 11 - 25% of the final grade
  • Three written papers (60 minutes each) – each worth 25% of the final grade

At the end of the course students will be awarded a GCSE grade in Chemistry.

Physics
Separate Science students are following Edexcel GCSE in Physics (2PH01) over the two years of GCSE. They are assessed in two ways.

  • Centre Assessed Units in Years 10 and 11 - 25% of the final grade
  • Three written papers (60 minutes each) – each worth 25% of the final grade

At the end of the course students will be awarded a GCSE grade in Physics.

Science Core & Additional
Students following Edexcel Science Core (2SC01) and Additional Science (2SA01) are assessed in two ways:

  • Centre Assessed Units in Years 10 and 11 - 25% of the final grade for The Core and 25% of the final grade for The Additional course.
  • Three written papers for The Core and Three written papers for The Additional (all 60 minutes each) – each worth 25% towards the final grade, i.e. three for The Core and three for The Additional.

 

From 2016

Combined Science EDEXCEL (Grade 9-1) September 2016
Course Aims:
To develop a pupil's interest in and enthusiasm for science.  To develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.   To acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.

Course Description :
This course is for all pupils and includes the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as discrete subjects.  Pupils will also study the practical side of how science works in the context of the three sciences.  This course covers all the  subject matter contained in the GCSE Science  Programme of Study.  There are six examinations to complete in the final term of Year 11.  All pupils will have the opportunity to complete the Combined Science course and a further opportunity will be given in order for pupils to complete Triple Science where appropriate.  A double grade or triple grade will be given depending on the successful completion of the Combined Science or Triple Science course.

How will I learn :
· Experiments
· Discussion
· Research
· Written tasks

Possible Career Pathways :
Further studies at AS and A2 level including: Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Advanced  Applied  Science. Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Engineering, Physicist, Chemist, Biologist, Forensic Scientist, Medical Laboratory          Scientist, General Laboratory Work.

Year 7 and 8

Subject summary: Year 7 Science Programme of Study
In Year 7 pupils will study a variety of different knowledge topics and will begin to develop their investigative skills. The programme of study includes the following topics: Cells; Earth and Space; Reproduction; Particles, atoms and elements; Muscles, bones and breathing; Electricity and electromagnets; Mixtures; Ecosystems and genetics; Forces and motion. Separate small modules that assess practical skills will also take place twice in the academic year.


The aim of these topics is to enable your child to develop a sound knowledge of both scientific content and how to conduct scientific investigations through practical activities. They will initially be given an introductory topic on how to work safely and accurately in the science labs and will build on this as they progress through the modules of content.  At the end of Y7 your child should be able to work confidently in the lab and begin to analyze and produce hypotheses independently. They will start to develop some valuable skills: results analysis, methodology, health and safety precautions, evaluation of conclusions and methods, research, group-work, debate and discussion skills.

Subject summary: Year 8 Science Programme of Study
In Year 8 pupils will study a variety of different knowledge topics and will further develop their investigative skills. The programme of study includes the following topics: Acids; Fluids; Combustion; Food and diseases; Periodic table and reactivity; Energy and energy transfers; Rocks; Sound and light; Plants and plant growth; Metals and making materials. Separate small modules that assess practical skills will also take place twice in the academic year.


The aim of these topics is to enable your child to develop a sound knowledge of both scientific content and how to conduct scientific investigations through practical activities. Their assessment will be tailored to help them progress seamlessly onto the EDEXCEL GCSE programme of study. At the end of Y8 your child should be able to work confidently in the lab and be GCSE ready due to the style of assessments they will have conducted. They will have now developed some valuable skills to help them succeed at GCSE including: results analysis, methodology, health and safety precautions, evaluation of conclusions and methods, research, group-work, debate and discussion skills.