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    Science at GCSE

    In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, pupils opt to study either two (Core Science and Additional Science) or three (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) science GCSEs. In each case, the three sciences are taught by subject specialists rather than by general science teachers.

    Information on the separate science GCSEs is contained within the pages for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments' pages.  Here we have outlined the Core Science and Additional Science GCSE courses. 

    We follow the AQA Core Science and AQA Additional Science courses.   
     

    Core Science

    We cover the Core Science course during the Fourth Form.  The course is examined via a series of papers which our pupils take at the end of the Fourth Form:
    • Biology - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks
    • Chemistry - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks
    • Physics - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks.

    The remaining 25% is awarded for an ISA - a controlled assessment in the form of a practical exercise followed by a 45-minute test.  Pupils complete ISAs in Biology and Chemistry during the Fourth and Fifth Forms and we submit them at the end of the Fifth Form.  The Core Science GCSE is therefore awarded alongside the Additional one at the end of the Fifth Form.

    Additional Science

    We cover the Additional Science course during the Fifth Form.  The course is examined via a series of papers which our pupils take at the end of the Fifth Form:

    • Chemistry - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks
    • Physics - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks.
    • Biology - a one-hour paper worth 25% of the marks

    The remaining 25% is awarded for an ISA - a controlled assessment in the form of a practical exercise followed by a 45-minute test.  Pupils complete ISAs in Biology and Chemistry during the Fourth and Fifth Forms and we submit them at the end of the Fifth Form.