Why study this subject?
- Science is for all and has something to suit students of all abilities and aspirations. The GCSE courses we offer engage and challenge our students to reach their scientific potential.
- Science is part of the Ebacc group of subjects and is highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers. Universities will look for two good science GCSE grades as part of their entry requirements.
- The course focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives you an insight into how scientists help to develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
- There are strong links with all subjects you will study, for example applying maths in physics lessons, using knowledge and understanding of plate tectonics from geography, understanding the development of scientific terms from other languages, using materials to create new products in design and technology, and using English to develop scientific writing skills.
Aims of the course
To enable students to:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
- Develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
What can this course lead to?
- A lifelong curiosity about how the world works!
- Progress on to Science ‘A’ Level courses including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics and BTEC Science courses.
- GCSE Sciences are highly regarded qualifications by colleges and employers, but they are essential for many careers not just traditional science related jobs.
- Studying science allows students to work collaboratively and develop an enquiring mind.
Expectations of subject
- All students study Science at GCSE, either Combined Science (Double Award) or Separates Sciences Biology GCSE, Chemistry GCSE and Physics GCSE (Triple Award).
- Students are expected to have a revision guide and workbook which is used for homework tasks and preparation for exams.
- Homework is set weekly; this might be using an online resource such as Seneca or from an exam workbook. Students should spend between 1 and 2 hours per week completing Science homework.
All students should have a scientific calculator.
Support and provisions
- Revision guides and workbooks can be purchased from school, these should then be brought in to lessons.
- There is a wealth of revision resources available to students including; BBC Bitesize, Seneca, my-gcsescience.com.
- Additional support is offered to students who would benefit from smaller group activities.
- Our exam board website can be used to find past papers materials and mark schemes: www.aqa.org.uk