Science is the art of knowing the right questions to ask and finding out how to answer them; it is part of the compulsory core curriculum because the skills developed as part of studying Science are a fundamental part of everyday life.
At Ounsdale we offer 3 qualifications in Science: GCSE Science Double Award, GCSE Science Triple Award and BTEC First Awards in Science.
GCSE Double Award:
AQA Core Science (Yr 9 & Yr 10)
AQA Additional Science (Yr 11)
Starting in Yr 9 and continuing in Yr 10, students study topics in Biology (B1), Chemistry (C1) and Physics (P1) along with how scientific principles are applied in the real world. There are written exams and these are taken in the June of Yr 10. The students also complete at least 1 practical assessment (ISA). This is a practical Science investigation, followed by a 45 minute written exam related to the investigation.
In Year 11 the students will study further topics in Biology (B2), Chemistry (C2) and Physics (P2), building on those studied in Y10. The exams consist of a mixture of questions which require shorter and longer written answers in all three Sciences. Students will also take at least 1 ISA, followed by a 45 minute written exam.
This is a Double GCSE course with both parts of the course being awarded a separate GCSE grade, one at the end of Year 10 and one at the end of Year 11. Due to new regulations, resits are no longer allowed in any component of either the Core or Additional qualification so it is of utmost importance that students approach revision for these exams with dedication in order to achieve their target grade.
GCSE Triple Science
AQA Core Science (Yr 9 & 10)
AQA Additional Science (Yr 10 & 11)
AQA Further Additional Science (Yr 11)
For students with a passion for Science and who are considering further study or a career in Science Post 16, there is the opportunity to achieve three separate Science qualifications.
Students opting to take triple science will study separate GCSEs in Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science. They will study Core and Additional Science in Y10 and complete Additional and begin Further Additional Science in Y11. Each qualification consists of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a practical assessment (ISAs).
Further Additional Science:
BIOLOGY (B3) – AQA
This topic is an exciting opportunity to develop interested, talented, scientific minds and offers insight into Sports Science, Kidney function / disease, Transport of substances and Using Micro-organisms – this is in addition to the core and additional science syllabus content. It is an ideal course for students with enquiring minds who may be interested in further studies in A Level Biology, medicine, nursing, sports science, research or who just like to be challenged.
CHEMISTRY (C3) – AQA
This course is ideal for anyone considering studying Chemistry at A level or who wishes to pursue a career in dentistry, medicine or pharmacy. It extends and develops units covered in the Additional and Core Science modules, but also includes new topics such as the Periodic Table, the strong and weak acids, water analysis, the amount of energy involved in chemical reactions and how we identify and analyse substances.
PHYSICS (P3) – AQA
This unit extends the Physics studied in the Core and Additional Science. It provides further coverage in the topics of light, sound, electricity, forces and the life of stars. It is delivered through practical work wherever possible and links are continually made to the practical applications of these ideas in modern society. This unit provides an ideal foundation for students who wish to study Physics at A-Level.
In the Summer of Yr 10 students will take the exams which make up the core qualification (B1, C1 and P1) and in the Summer Yr 11 students will take the exams which make up the Additional and Further Additional Science qualifications (B2, B3, C2, C3, P2, P3).
Students wishing to take the Triple Science option must take GCSE science as one of their Options in Block D.
BTEC First Awards in Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 – Principles of Applied Science (Yr 10)
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 – Application of Science (Yr 11)
In Year 10 students study topics in The Core Principles of Science, Chemistry and Our Earth, Energy and Our Universe and Biology and Our Environment. The students will sit an external exam in the summer of Yr 10 on the Core Principles of Science with the remaining units of work being assessed by subject teachers grading coursework assignments.
In Year 11 students study further Science topics, such as Applications of Chemical Substances, Applications of Physical Science, Health applications of Life Science and Scientific Skills. The units of work are assessed by continual assessment so students will need to independently produce coursework assignments. The students will sit an external exam in the summer of Yr 11 on Scientific Skills with the remaining units of work being assessed by subject teachers grading coursework assignments.
These courses are worth up to 2 GCSE’s in science. Students must achieve at least a pass in all sections in order to achieve success in the course. Students can achieve pass, merit, distinction, or distinction * grades which have GCSE equivalents of C, B, A and A* respectively.
Please speak to your Science teacher or Mr Whitehead, Head of Faculty, if you would like more information or have any questions about these courses.