AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Students study topics across the three science subjects leading to separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The exam board used is Edexcel.
WHAT THE COURSE INVOLVES
Biology 1: Overarching concepts in biology; Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles.
Biology 2: Overarching concepts in biology; Plant structures and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health, disease and development of medicines.
Chemistry 1: Formulae, equations and hazards; Overarching concepts in chemistry (atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses); States of matter; Methods of separating and purifying substances; Acids; Obtaining and using metals; Electrolytic processes; Reversible and irreversible reactions; Transition metals, alloys and corrosion; Quantitative analysis; Dynamic equilibria and calculations involving volumes of gases; Chemical cells and fuel cells
Chemistry 2: Formulae, equations and hazards; Overarching concepts in chemistry; Groups 1,7 and 0; Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; Earth and atmosphere science; Qualitative analysis and tests for ions; Hydrocarbons; Polymers; Alcohols and carboxylic acids; Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles.
Physics 1: Overarching concepts in physics (motion, forces and conservation of energy); Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model; Radioactivity; Astronomy.
Physics 2: Overarching concepts in physics; Energy and forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Static electricity; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Particle model; Forces and matter.
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
All external exams are sat at the end of Year 11. For each of the three separate GCSE’s, students will sit two exams of equal weighting. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is a mixture of different style questions, including multiple choice, short answer questions, calculations and questions involving calculations.