Science

Combined Science

Exam board: Edexcel
Course code/specification number: 1CS0
Level of qualification: Level 2

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

Students will engage in both literacy and maths within their Science qualification.

There are many topics which include mathematical formulae or balancing of equations. Students will be assessed in their Scientific skills on core practical's during each of the exams.

How will students learning be assessed?

The Combined Science GCSE is equally weighted between 6 exams:

Biology exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) – examined once in the Summer term at the end of year 11.

Chemistry exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) - examined once in the Summer term at the end of year 11.

Physics exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) - examined once in the Summer term at the end of year 11. 

What will students learn about?

The Combined Science GCSE is comprised of 3 components; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology: Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Ecosystems and natural cycles, Plant Structures and their functions, Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Exchange and transport in animals, and the development of medicines.

Chemistry: Atomic structure, The periodic table, Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding, Substances and Calculations, States of Matter, Methods of Separating and purifying substances, Acids, Obtaining and using Metals, Electrolytic processes, Reversible reactions, Fuels, Heat Energy changes in chemical reactions, Earth and atmospheric science.

Physics: Motion, Forces and conservation of energy, Waves, Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Radioactivity, Astronomy, Energy – Forces doing work, Forces and their effects, Electricity and circuits, Magnetism and the motor effect, Forces and matter.

What grades can students access?

Students can complete Higher or Foundation level exams.

Students will be graded from 9-1 (9 being the highest grade)

What can students progress on to after completing this course?

Students can move onto complete A levels/college courses in any of the Sciences.

Single Sciences

Exam board: Edexcel
Course code/specification number: 1BI0/1F 1BI0/1H 1CH0/1F 1CH0/1H 1PH0/1F 1PH0/1H
Level of qualification: Level 2

How will students learning be assessed?

The Single Science GCSE’s are equally weighted between 6 exams (each are worth 50% of their qualification):

Biology GCSE x 2 exams (each 1 hour 45 mins) – examined once in the Summer term at the end of year 11.

Chemistry GCSE x 2 exams (each 1 hour 45 mins) - examined once in the Sum- mer term at the end of year 11.

Physics GCSE x 2 exams (each 1 hour 45 mins) - examined once in the Summer term at the end of year 11.

What grades can students access?

Students can complete Higher or Foundation level exams.

Students will be graded from 9-1 (9 being the highest grade) 

What will students learn about?

The Single Science GCSE’s are comprised of 3 separate GCSE’s; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology: Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Ecosystems and natural cycles, Plant Structures and their functions, Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Exchange and transport in animals, Health, disease and the development of medicines.

Chemistry: Quantitative analysis, Dynamic equilibria and calculations involving volumes of gases, Chemical cells and fuel cells, Groups 1, 7 and 0, Rates of Reaction, Fuels, Heat Energy changes in chemical reactions, Earth and atmospheric science, Qualitative Analysis: tests for ions, ,Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles.

Physics: Waves, Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Particle model, Radioactivity, Astronomy, Energy – Forces doing work, Forces and their effects, Electricity and circuits, Magnetism and the motor effect, Forces and matter, Static electricity, Electromagnetic induction.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

Students will engage in both literacy and maths within their Science qualification. There are many topics which include mathematical formulae or balancing of equations. Students will be assessed in their scientific skills on core practical's during each of the exams.

What can students progress on to after completing this course?

Students can move onto complete A levels/college courses in any of the Sciences.

For further information please contact:

Mr. F. Collins Head of Faculty: collinsf@burntmill.essex.sch.uk