Separate Science Programme: Biology, Chemistry, Physics GCSE

SCIENCE: Separate Science Programme:
Biology, Chemistry and Physics (GCSE)

As a core subject, all students will study science. The core time allocated to science is not part of the options procedure. Approximately 40% of our students will study for dual award science GCSE in their core time allocation and approximately 60% will study for three separate sciences. Students will have been be advised of the pathway most appropriate for them to study in the summer of year 8.

Approximately 60% of students will be following the course described below, which results in students achieving three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Examination Board

AQA

 

Overview of the course

Groups will work through a variety of units of study in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Yeas 9, 10 and 11These will all be examined in June of Year 11. Each subject requires a series of practical tasks which will be monitored and assessed throughout the course. These do not contribute to the final grade.

The course has a similar ethos to the combined Science courses but with greater scientific content and more emphasis on scientific methodology.

Students will achieve three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will give an excellent grounding for further study at AS or A2 level as well as a thorough appreciation for science and its place in society.

How you will be assessed

Subject

Assessment and duration

Maximum Marks

Percentage of overall result

Biology 1

Each exam is 1 hr 45 mins.

Each will assess different topics.

Question types are multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer & open response.

100

50%

Biology 2

100

50%

Chemistry 1

100

50%

Chemistry 2

100

50%

Physics 1

100

50%

Physics 2

100

50%

Each GCSE is 100% examined in 2 written papers.  Results will be graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

Post-16 courses available to you

You can go on to study any of the sciences at AS level or A Level in The Sandon Sixth Form. To study at AS level students are required to gain high grades in their science and maths GCSEs, likely to be grades 6-9.