Some students study for three GCSEs in the Separate Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is intended for the most able and scientifically minded students to provide them with a greater breadth of scientific knowledge and understanding. The units covered in each GCSE are given below and full specifications can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse
- Cell Biology
- Infection and Response
- Homeostasis and Response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Atomic Structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Space physics
Pupils are assessed by two 1hr 45min papers per GCSE at the end of the course. The papers not only test the content, but also the practical ability of the students. The assessment objectives are given below and are tested in the ratio 40%:40%:20%.
- AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of Science.
- AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of Science in practical and other contexts.
- AO3 Analyse and evaluate evidence, make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions based on evidence.
At the end of the course, pupils are awarded a 9-1 grade in each of the sciences.
To support pupils through the course, pupils are recommended to purchase revision guides which are available at reduced cost through the school.