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Science

All students will study Science at GCSE. There are three options:
  • BTEC First Award in Applied Science throughout both Years = 2 GCSE’s
  • GCSE Core Science in Year 10 followed by GCSE Additional Science in Year 11 = 2 GCSE’s
  • Triple Award Science where pupils will receive a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry & Physics to be studied over both Years = 3 GCSE’s 
BTEC FIRST AWARD IN APPLIED SCIENCE (2GCSE’s): 
In Y10 pupils will cover the course titled BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied Science.
The course is 75% coursework based covering the following units: 
  • Chemistry and our Earth 
  • Energy and the universe
  • Biology and our environment 
There is also an externally set and marked exam module on the Principles of Science which counts towards 25% of the final grade for Y10. 
In Y11 pupils will cover the course titled BTEC First Award in Application of Science. 
The course is 75% coursework based covering the following units: 
  • Application of Chemical Substances
  • Application of Physical Science
  • Health Application of Life Science 
There is also an externally set and marked exam module on the Scientific Skills which counts towards 25% of the final grade for Y11. 
This course is mainly assessed on work complete in lessons, and suits pupils who work hard in class, have good attendance and enjoy a higher element of practical work. 
It leads to BTEC Nationals in Applied Science, Environmental Science, or other Vocational Science courses. It is also very useful for students anticipating joining the workforce when they leave school, or planning to undertake modern apprenticeships. 
This course is not suitable for pupils wanting to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A-level.
 
 

 

 

CORE AND ADDITIONAL SCIENCE (2 GCSE’S):
Pupils following this course will complete one GCSE in Year 10 (Core Science).

This GCSE will comprise of units in biology, chemistry and physics. At the end of each unit the pupil will take a 1 hour exam that will each contribute to 25% of their final grade. The final 25% will be a controlled assessment based around practical’s they have completed throughout the course.

Providing pupils pass the Core GCSE in Y10 they will continue to complete another GCSE in Year 11. This GCSE is known as Additional Science
This GCSE will comprise of additional units in biology, chemistry and physics that add on to their knowledge from their Core science GCSE. As in core science; at the end of each unit the pupil will take a 1 hour exam that will each contribute to 25% of their final grade. The final 25% will be a controlled assessment based around practical’s they have completed throughout the course. 

This course is heavily exam based and suits pupils who work well in exam situations. It leads on to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It is also accepted for admission to all Science based vocational qualifications. 

TRIPLE AWARD SCIENCE (3 GCSE’s):
Pupils following this course will complete all the modules and assessments that core and additional science students will take. 

They will also study an extra 3 units to convert the 2 GCSE’s into 3. 

When they take these extra units the Core and Additional GCSE get converted into the three separate sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Pupils studying this course will be expected to complete the work at a faster rate than the students on the other courses, and hence this course will only be made available to pupils working at a high level 6 or level 7. The pupils will have to show great commitment to the subject and maybe required to attend after school sessions, holiday school and Saturday lessons to complete the course. In return they will be given the opportunity to gain an extra GCSE to the rest of the Year group. 

Triple Award Science is the ideal route into Science based careers like medicine, veterinary science, forensics or chemistry. 

It is favoured by universities when selecting candidates for university places. It also greatly improves the chances of good grades if Biology, Chemistry or Physics is studied at A-level. 

The route each pupil takes through Key Stage 4 (whether Triple, Double or BTEC) will be decided by the Science team. These decisions will be based on academic performance and attendance to lessons in previous years. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Science is regarded as an important qualification for most careers and further and higher education courses. 

It is particularly important for pupils considering careers in any aspect of engineering, civil, electrical, chemical, etc. Medical services with people or animals, food technology, hygiene, catering, pharmaceutical or chemical industries, environmental monitoring, ecology, etc, and many, many more.