Science

For Revision papers go to our U Drive.  Simply use the Useful Links and access your userfiles area:

U:\Science Exams\OCR Gateway

Double Science

What will I learn?

You will study GCSE Science from Year 9 into Year 10, then GCSE Additional Science until the end of Year 11. This leads to two separate GCSEs. Each course is divided into the three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), with a focus on scientific literacy and how everyday situations in the news, at work and in leisure, relate to science.

 GCSE Science (Year 9 - Year 10)

The teaching is broken up into modules. Each module identifies experiences you will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

 How will I be assessed?

25% of the assessment is controlled assessment coursework. This is made up of a set of tasks, which include researching, planning and carrying out an experiment, analysing the data and evaluating the evidence collected.

The remaining 75% is based on two examination papers that you will sit in June of Year 11. These exams will complete your GCSE Science course.

 GCSE Additional Science (Year 10 - Year 11)

The teaching is again broken up into modules. Each module focuses on scientific explanation and models, giving you an insight into how scientists develop new ideas and understanding. You will learn about what is involved in being a practitioner of science and the application of science in authentic work-related contexts.

 How will I be assessed?

25% of the assessment is controlled assessment coursework. This is made up of a set of tasks, similar to those used in GCSE Science, with the added element of developing a hypothesis. The remaining 75% is based on two examination papers that you will sit in June of Year 11. These exams will complete your GCSE Additional Science course.

 How will I be taught?

You will be taught in groups with pupils of a similar ability. One teacher will deliver the biology, chemistry and physics.  You will be expected to take part in practical work and investigations. Demonstrations are used to explain scientific theories and ideas. Whole-class teaching, small group work, research, presentations, discussions and debates are all common practice in science lessons.

 Progression

Double Science is relevant to all, whether you enter employment at 16 or go on to further study. These GCSEs provide excellent preparation for many post-16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, PE, Geography and Food Technology at AS/A Level.

 Examination Board

OCR

 

Triple Science

What will I learn?

The course is divided into the three science subjects, leading to completely separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each subject is split into six theory modules. Four of these modules are the same as the modules covered in the Science and Additional Science GCSEs. The two extra modules in each subject cover topics including the living body, micro-organisms, chemical analysis and production, satellite technology and electronics. You will develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. You will also acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and the essential role of science in society.

 How will I be assessed?

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are examined and awarded separately from each other.

25% of the assessment for each subject is controlled assessment coursework. This is made up of a set of tasks which include research, developing a hypothesis, planning and carrying out an experiment to test this hypothesis, analysing the data and evaluating the evidence collected. Separate tasks are used for each of the subjects, but the skills tested are the same. You will therefore find that each set of coursework helps you to develop the necessary skills quickly and that there is a large amount of helpful skills cross-over between the subjects.

The remaining 75% of each subject is based on examination papers. You will sit separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, all taken at the end of Year 11. This will lead to three GCSE awards: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in groups with students of a similar ability. You will have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be taught by staff that specialise in each of these. You will be expected to take part in practical work and investigations. Demonstrations are used to explain scientific theories and ideas. Whole-class teaching, small group work, research, presentations, discussions and debates are all common practice in science lessons.

Progression

Triple Science is relevant to all whether you enter employment at 16 or go on to further study. These GCSEs provide excellent preparation for many post-16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, PE, Geography and Food Technology at AS/A level.

Examination Board

OCR