Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?
Studying all three sciences is a requirement. The GCSE courses develop knowledge, understanding and skills required to continue studies at Advanced Level in one or more of the sciences. The A-Level sciences are a popular choice with students as they are a requirement of some courses e.g. medicine and are well regarded by universities and employers alike. The science GCSEs will develop transferable skills that will benefit students in other subjects including: investigative approaches and problem solving, literacy, communication and presentation, and mathematical skills.
Summary of the Course
The three sciences will be taught by specialist teachers. The number of lessons per fortnight will depend on which year the student is in. Each science is divided into topics and these are taught across years 9, 10 & 11. The topics are taught in an order decided by teachers within the faculty. This ensures that knowledge, understanding and skills are acquired at the most appropriate point in the course.
The Biology topics are: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection & Response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance Variation and Evolution, and Ecology.
The Chemistry topics are: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Chemistry of the environment, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Quantitative chemistry, The rate and extent of Chemical change, Chemical analysis, Organic Chemistry.
The Physics topics are: Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, and Space physics.
How is This Subject Assessed?
There will be 2 exams for each of the sciences. Each of these exams will be 1 hour 45 minutes duration and will be worth 100 marks each. Knowledge and understanding of the Required Practicals will be tested in these exams. Maths skills are also included in the assessment of all GCSE science qualifications (10% of Biology exam marks, 20% of Chemistry exam marks and 30% of Physics exam marks).