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Course Level

Qualifications worth
Two GCSE grades, each 1-9
Foundation grades 1-5
Higher grades 4-9

What is the Course?
The aims of this specification are to encourage students to:
Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.
Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.
Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.

What will I learn?
Biology covers: Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection & Generic Modification, Health & Disease, Plants, Animal Systems and Ecosystems.
Chemistry covers: Chemical Reactions, Rates of Reaction, The Periodic Table, Fuels, Acids and the earth and atmosphere.
Physics covers: Waves, Light, Radioactivity, Energy, Forces, Electricity and Magnetism.

How will I be assessed?
Written exams
2 Biology Exams- 1hr 10 mins each
2 Chemistry Exams - 1hr 10 mins each
2 Physics Exams - 1hr 10 mins each

Core practicals are carried outthroughout the course to develop practical skill and application of principles. These skills will be assessed (15%) in the exams.

When will I be assessed?
Written exams are done in Year 11.
Additional Information
The course is taught through practical investigation wherever possible.

What will this qualification allow me to do?
This qualification provides a sound background for pupils who wish to go on and study any Science at A-level and at University if suitable A-levels are chosen. It also develops pupils ability to research; investigate; carry out scientific practicals; collect, present and analyse data; work collaboratively in small groups, and relate their knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar situations. As such, it is a useful and interesting option even if you do not wish to pursue Science beyond GCSE.

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