Exam Board - AQA
The Science department offers two options for studying science at GCSE level. Students can either study a Combined Science GCSE course or study separate Science GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Science curriculum aims to develop the scientific knowledge and skills required for students to understand science in the news and to make informed decisions about everyday issues they will encounter.
Combined Science GCSE Course
All students will complete a GCSE in Core Science. This course includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will take public examinations at the end of Year 10. Students will also complete coursework during the year which counts for 25% of the GCSE and will be internally assessed. This GCSE is totally completed by the end of Year 10. There is no opportunity for resitting any exams and they will be awarded their GCSE by the examination board at the end of Year 10.
Some students will study Additional Science (which includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Students will also have to complete coursework which counts for 25% of the GCSE and will be internally assessed. This course will be suitable for students who wish to study Science at A level or University. Students will be able to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A level at Seven Kings High School, having completed Additional Science (provided they meet the school’s sixth form entry grade requirements).
Some students will study Additional Applied Science. During this course, students study Food Science, Health and Fitness Science, Material Science and Analysis and Detection Science. Students complete coursework which is internally assessed and is worth 60% of the GCSE. They also complete 1 exam in the summer term which is worth 40%. This course is suitable for students who do not wish to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A level.
Separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
This course will involve studying three separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will not be able to study one or two separate science GCSEs, for example, just Chemistry and Physics, as this will not cover the entire Science KS4 curriculum. This course will run over two years and students will have six science lessons each week. Each of the three GCSEs is assessed by three pubic exams and one piece of coursework (which is internally assessed). Students will take all of the public examinations in June of Year 11.
Where it leads
A science qualification can lead to employment at all levels in such diverse careers as Medicine, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture.