GCSE Science

EDEXCEL                                                                                                                                                                                                 CORE SUBJECT

 INTRODUCTION

Students will follow the course for the IGCSE Double Award Science - with specialist teaching for each of the components for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Double Award is now enhanced to provide even stronger preparation for the study of Science at A level and beyond.

Students learn important scientific principles, and learn about relevant scientific issues. The results of exams in each of the three separate sciences are combined to produce two IGCSE qualifications.

IGCSE Separate Sciences

For those students who are performing at an exceptional level in all three of their Sciences, there will be an opportunity to take an additional qualification in the sciences (a 3rd GCSE) as one of their Options subjects. Students in this position will gain IGCSE qualifications in all three sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which again provides excellent preparation for those students who wish to go on to study Science at A level and beyond.

COURSE CONTENT

GCSE Double Award Science (Edexcel)

Students are taught by separate subject teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. GCSE Science is covered first. The exam for GCSE Science consists of three 1 hour papers and a Controlled Assessment worth 25% of the marks. GCSE Additional Science is taught next and also has three 1 hour papers and a Controlled Assessment.

IGCSE Separate Sciences

The examinations for this course will consist of two written exam papers per subject - a 2 hour paper
followed by a 1 hour extension paper. There are no modules and no assessment of coursework. There will be regular internal tests to assess progress.  

Students joining the School in Year 10 will need to sit a test early in the first term so that they can join the most appropriate group for them.

BEYOND GCSE

Students can study Science A levels if they achieve a high standard in either the IGCSE separate Sciences or GCSE Double Award.