Students will then begin their studies in GCSE Science with the exam board Edexcel at the end of Year 9. These GCSE sciences comprise of three separate specifications that utilise common material.
The specifications emphasise explanations, theories and modelling in science along with the implications of science for society. A strong emphasis is placed on the active involvement of students in the learning process and the specification encourages a wide range of teaching and learning activities, including practical work. A more consistent approach is placed on practical work, with structured core practicals that have been designed to engage all students.
In addition to the scientific content in each module, students will be expected to develop their skills in How Science Works. Science attempts to explain the world in which we live and this course is designed to help bring Science learning to life. The aim is to develop more scientifically literate young people who should be equipped to question, and engage in debate on, the evidence used in decision making.
Question and exam papers are structured in such a way as to enable students access to all questions throughout the paper. For the GCSE Combined Science (Double award) there will be six exams: 2 biology papers 2 chemistry papers 2 physics papers (each 1 hr 10 mins long and comprising 60 marks)
For the GCSE Separate Sciences the exams have the same content as Combined Science papers, with extra questions on separate science topics. There will be six exams:
2 biology papers 2 chemistry papers 2 physics papers (each 1 hr 45 mins long and comprising 100 marks)
In Year 11 students will complete their studies in GCSE Science with the exam board AQA. These GCSE sciences comprise of three separate specifications that utilise common material.
In each specification there are four units of assessment: three externally set and marked unit examinations (60 minute structured exam paper 25%), and an internally assessed coursework unit or ISA (25%). The exams are held in May and June.
Triple science will be on offer for suitable candidates. These are examined seperately and allow students to gain 3 separate GCSEs.