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GCSE Science

What will you learn about?

The 21st Century Science course emphasizes scientific literacy. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding they need to engage, as informed citizens, with science-based issues.

The Science qualification uses contemporary, relevant contexts of interest to students, which are   approached through a range of teaching and learning activities. 

Qualification: GCSE

Science QAN Code: 600/13576

Additional Science QAN code:   600/13552

Exam Board: OCR

The 21st Century Science Curriculum provides students with the knowledge and understanding they need to engage as informed citizens, with science-based issues. The curriculum is contemporary and relevant to students and covers a breadth of contexts and ideas across the three science areas.

Assessment:

The Science specification comprises eighteen teaching modules which are assessed through six units at the end of the course. Nine of these units cover the specification for Science A which is taught in years 9/10 and nine of these units cover the specification for Additional Science and they are taught in years 10 /11

  • For each separate qualification subject content and ideas about science are assessed through three unit examinations each worth 25% of the final qualification.
  • In addition he controlled assessment is worth 25% of the qualification and is carried out in school under controlled conditions. For Science A this is a case study and a data analysis task and for Additional Science it is a full written investigation.

Other information:

Science is a compulsory subject at key stage 4 and a contributing subject to the English Baccalaureate. Students will either take the Science or Separate Science pathway.

Students will be advised as to which course they are best suited to follow