Science at GCSE
In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, pupils study IGCSEs in either Double Award Science or the Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Taking the Double Award Science route gives a pupil more space in their timetable to study another of the optional subjects outside of the Science curriculum if they want to. Whichever route pupils chose, their lessons are taught by subject specialists rather than by general science teachers.
Here we have outlined the Double Award IGCSE Science course:
We follow the Edexcel IGCSE Double Award Science course (4SD0). There is no coursework during the course. The course is examined via a series of written papers which our pupils take at the end of the Fifth Form:
- Biology – a two hour paper worth 33.3% of the total available marks
- Chemistry – a two hour paper worth 33.3% of the total available marks
- Physics – a two hour paper worth 33.3% of the total available marks
The marks are amalgamated to give two GCSE grades (e.g. 8, 7) hence the name “Double Award”. The written papers test subject knowledge and the practical aspects of the course as well. Wherever possible, the subject content is taught through the completion of experimental work.