GCSE Science Double Award provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages pupils to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards science and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society. Studying GCSE Science Double Award provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all learners should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Learners will study the following:
Biology - Unit 1: Cells, organ systems and ecosystems and Unit 4: Variation, Homeostasis and Microorganisms
Chemistry - Unit 2: Chemical substances, reactions and essential resources and Unit 5: Chemical bonding, application of chemical reactions and organic chemistry
Physics - Unit 3: Energy and waves and Unit 6: Forces, space and radioactivity
Learners will be examined using 3 assessment objectives:
AO1 -Demonstrating knowledge and understanding
AO2 - Application of knowledge, process techniques and procedures
AO3 - Analysis and interpretation of scientific information
There are two tiers for entry for this qualification
Higher Tier - Graded A* - D
Foundation Tier - Graded C - G
The pupils study towards two GCSEs, with content from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
External Examinations will be sat at the end of year 10 (3) and end of year 11 (3)
Unit 1: Biology 15% Unit 4: Biology 15%
Unit 2: Chemistry 15% Unit 5: Chemistry 15%
Unit 3: Physics 15% Unit 6: Physics 15%
Unit 7: Practical assessment 10%
The course requires application of mathematical skills and practical skills. The uniform marks obtained for each unit over the two years are added up and the subject grade awarded based on this total. It is therefore imperative that pupils realise the importance of attaining good grades in their first year of study, so that they maximise their marks at the start of year 11.