This course covers the principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and topics covered include: Cell Level Systems: Organism Level Systems (Coordination, and Control & Maintaining Internal Environments); Ecosystems; Genes; Global Challenges; Particles; Elements; Compounds; Mixtures and Reactions; Matter; Forces; Waves; Electricity and Energy. Practical work is also heavily involved and enhances the theoretical ideas covered.
How is the course structured and graded?
Most students will start their GCSE course in Year 9. Content is split into 18 teaching topics with a practical skills topics that consists of a minimum of 18 practical activities. Students will sit six exams at the end of the three year course; each exam is 1 hour 10 minutes. The practicals carried out during the course will account for 15% of the questions asked in the examinations. GCSE (9–1) qualifications are now graded on the scale: 9–1, where 9 is the highest.
Will this course be suitable for me?
If you are working at around Grade 3 or above in Year 9 this may be the course for you. All assessment is by means of exams which are taken at the end of the two year course. Your teachers will recommend which Science course is suitable for you, taking into account your work in Year 9 and how likely you are to succeed on this course.
“There is a lot of practical work in this course. This is the course to do if you like Science and it will let me to do the courses I want to in Sixth Form” Student
What could this course lead to?
Attaining a grade 5 or above will allow you to progress to further study at Sixth Form at Level 3 (BTEC Science). Attainment of a 5 at GCSE in Science is often a prerequisite for going to Sixth Form or college.
OCR GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science A (Gateway Science)
Accepted for Sixth Form entry