Year 9 students are studying the new GCSE dual award in Science. It is a combined science course, worth two GCSE’s. Topics that will be taught this year are Cell Biology, Atomic Structure and Forces. This qualification is linear, this means that students will complete all exams at the end of the course, summer 2018. There is no coursework component to the new GCSE, all practical skills will be covered in lessons and assessed in the written exams.
Current Year 10/11: From Year 10 to Year 11 most students will study for a dual award in Science consisting of Science and Additional Science, worth a total of 2 GCSE's. For those who wish to do Separate Sciences (3 separate GCSE's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) this is chosen as an option in Year 11. There may be a small number of students that only study GCSE Science.
Science covers equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is worth one GCSE. Students will start working towards this in Year 9 and complete formal examinations at the end of Year 11. They will also need to complete a piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25%.
Additional Science also covers equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics building upon the work covered in Science. Students start working towards the Additional Science in Year 11 and complete formal examinations at the end of Year 11. They will also need to complete a piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25%.
Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students who opt to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as 3 separate GCSEs are taught by 3 subject specialist teachers from the beginning of Year 11. They will complete 2 exams for each subject in May/June. They will also need to complete a piece of Coursework Assessment for each subject worth 25%.
Year 10-11: OCR Gateway (www.ocr.org.uk)
Year 9: GCSE AQA (subject to accreditation by Ofsted)