Science: A GCSE Course

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Most pupils will study Core Science and Additional Science. Each is worth a single GCSE, giving pupils two GCSEs in Science. Some pupils will cover further modules which will allow them to obtain three separate science GCSEs.

These courses are aimed at providing pupils with a depth of scientific knowledge in all of the science disciplines.

How will the work be assessed?

Core Science

All pupils will study Core Science in Year 10 (those pupils who have started their GCSEs in Year 9 will already have started studying their Core modules).

Core Science consists of three modules, one of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which will be examined in either January or June of 2012. Each of these modules is worth 25% of the final grade with a further 25% being obtained from a Controlled Assessment Unit.

Additional Science

All pupils will study Additional Science modules in Year 11. Additional Science consists of three modules, one of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which will be examined in either January or June of 2013. Each of these modules is worth 25% of the final grade with a further 25% being obtained from a Controlled Assessment Unit.

Triple Science

For some pupils there will be an opportunity to gain separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This involves studying three extra modules on top of those studied in Core Science and Additional Science, along with one extra Controlled Assessment Unit.

Are there different levels of entry?

Foundation Tier

This gives pupils the opportunity to gain grades C – G.

Higher Tier

This gives pupils the opportunity to gain grades A* – D.