GCSE Science is a core subject for most Year 11 and Year 12 students. Students will either study Single Award Science(Unitised) or Double Award Science(Unitised). Each of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics units are available for testing in November, February and May/June. All units are assessed through a written examination, either at Foundation Tier (grades C-G) or Higher Tier (grades A*-E). Pupils will also undertake externally marked practical assessment tasks in year 12.
Studying Double Award Science is essential for all students considering studying a science subject for A level as it forms a firm basis for studying AS and A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Double Award students will be able to receive two different grades, such as AB or BC.
Skills developed though the study of Science
Thinking, Problem solving and Decision-Making.
Working individually and as part of a team.
A wide range of courses exist in universities and colleges of higher education. Many courses will require sciences at Advanced level. Some of the jobs that Science graduates have gone into in recent years include;
medical sales representative, forensic scientist, researcher, healthcare assistant, engineer, IT consultant, doctor, dentist, vet, pharmacist, teacher, agricultural scientist, art restorer, chemical plant process operator. The recent government initiative promoting STEM subjects was in response to the needs of employers and modern society. This will increase employment opportunities for science graduates.
GCSE specifications can be found at: