Science

Knowledge in science enables us to create, invent and discover new things for our own benefit, like medicine, the steam engine and the World Wide Web.

We aim to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world around them and to develop a positive and practical approach to Science learning.  We also seek to develop key scientific skills, combine knowledge with practical application and establish cross curricular links, where appropriate.

There have been some major changes in the current KS45 curriculum that see our students learning at a much higher level than in previous years.

The GCSE in Combined Science should 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 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.

Students will complete the Pearson Edexcel Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science which consists of six externally examined papers (available at foundation tier and higher tier). Each examination will last 1 hour and 10 minutes, is out of a total of 60 marks and is worth 16.67% of the qualification. The examinations themselves will consist of a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Details of each of the examination papers are as follows:

There will not be any coursework in the GCSE (9–1) Science qualifications. Assessment of practical work is now included as part of the final exams, and a minimum of 15% of the total marks will be allocated to questions related to practical work. As a result, students will complete 24 core practical’s as part of the GCSE combined science course, 8 in biology, 8 in chemistry and 8 in physics.

Success in GCSE science (grades B or higher) provides a strong platform for progress onto A-level courses.

Useful website links:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/Edexcel_GCSE_L1-L2_Combined_Science.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/teaching-and-learning-materials/GCSE-9-1-Sciences-core-practical-guide.pdf

Year 11 

The GCSE in Combined Science should enable students to:

Students will complete the Pearson Edexcel Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science which consists of six externally examined papers (available at foundation tier and higher tier). Each examination will last 1 hour and 10 minutes, is out of a total of 60 marks and is worth 16.67% of the qualification. The examinations themselves will consist of a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Details of each of the examination papers are as follows:

There will not be any coursework in the GCSE (9–1) Science qualifications. Assessment of practical work is now included as part of the final exams, and a minimum of 15% of the total marks will be allocated to questions related to practical work. As a result, students will complete 24 core practical’s as part of the GCSE combined science course, 8 in biology, 8 in chemistry and 8 in physics.

Success in GCSE science (grades B or higher) provides a strong platform for progress onto A-level courses.

Useful website links:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/Edexcel_GCSE_L1-L2_Combined_Science.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/teaching-and-learning-materials/GCSE-9-1-Sciences-core-practical-guide.pdf

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