Double Science GCSE
Science is an exciting subject that is constantly changing and at the forefront of new discoveries that have far reaching applications for the world we live in. It remains a very practical subject and, wherever possible, pupils will carry out experiments for themselves to aid their understanding. The new Combined Science course is a fabulous foundation for further study of science, and this course now dovetails well with what is covered at A level. There is a significant amount of additional content than in previous courses and a much higher mathematical demand, so pupils will have to work hard from the very start of the year. To help with this we do start teaching some of the topics in Third Form which gives a good opportunity for effective revision before the exams.
Units of study
Pupils will study three units:
Pupils will explore topics including cell biology; organisation; bioenergetics; inheritance, variation and evolution; and ecology.
Topics will cover atomic structure and the periodic table; the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; and the chemistry of the atmosphere.
This unit will encompass the topics of energy; electricity; particle model of matter; and atomic structure; forces; waves; and magnetism and electromagnetism.
There are six papers at the end of 5th Form - two per unit. Each paper will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long and count for 16.7% of the final grade.
Pupils are required to complete a set number of practicals to achieve the practical endorsement.