Examining board: AQA
Year 9 & Year 10
GCSE Trilogy Science (Dual award)
GCSE Science A and Additional Science (Dual award) Core
GCSE Science A and Additional Science (Dual award) Additional
Separate Science pupils
Years taught: 9, 10, 11
About this course
The Science Department here is affiliated with the Science Department at Kenton School. The Science Department at Kenton School is one of the largest in the school and has over 20 members of staff. Here at Studio West, there are three Science laboratories, Biology, Physics and Chemistry specialist rooms.
KS4 GCSE SCIENCE AT STUDIO WEST
GCSE Science A introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through topical investigations.
It covers the same content as the Unit 1 of the single Science GCSEs for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
It can be used for the Science component of the English Baccalaureate if grades A*- C are achieved in both Science A and GCSE Additional Science.
COMPARING SCIENCE A AND B
Science A and B cover the same subject matter for Key Stage 4, however, they approach it in two different ways.
- Science A allows Biology, Chemistry and Physics to be taught and assessed separately with a pure science approach. It looks at theory and application
- Science B integrates the three disciplines to show how Science can be seen everywhere in real-world situations and puts Science in context, then looks at the theories
Both courses encourage practical work and have the How Science Works aspects of the curriculum integrated through all the units.
Science A can also be used to prepare students for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or be used for learners preparing for two Science GCSEs when followed by Additional Science.
Science B could also be followed by GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Additional Applied Science to lead on to respectively AS science courses or vocationally oriented Science courses.
- the interesting motivating practical work
- learning about the core Science subjects separately as this helps them understand the key aspects of the different subjects
- the broad range and variety of topics covered, especially as they can relate some aspects to the world they live in
- using knowledge and understanding to pose Scientific questions and define Scientific problems
- planning and carrying out investigative activities, including appropriate risk management, in a range of contexts
- collecting, selecting, processing, analysing and interpreting primary and secondary data to provide evidence
- evaluating methodology, evidence and data
- understanding the relationship between Science and society
- developing communications skills in scientific contexts
Students have to enter all the assessment units at the end of the course, at the same time as they enter for the subject award. If students wish to re-sit exams they must re-sit all of the written papers in the next series.
As a consequence of the move to linear assessment, students will be allowed to carry forward their controlled assessment unit result(s) following the initial moderation and aggregation during the lifetime of the specification.
OVERLAP WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
The Unit 1 content of each of GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics is contained within GCSE Science A.
GCSE Science A covers similar content to GCSE Science B and both cover the programme of study for Key Stage 4.
By completing a dual award science qualification students will have the knowledge to be able to continue to do a level 3 science qualification.
Depending on the grade achieved they will be able to take either a pure a level (not currently offered at Studio West) or Applied Science.