Aims of the course
GCSE SEPARATE Science takes you even deeper into the understanding of science. If you like learning at an accelerated pace or if you really want to study and gain a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics then this could be the course for you. You will study all of the CORE and ADDITIONAL materials but you will go one step further and look at the work of professional scientists and where science may take us in the 21st Century.
What will I study? – Course Outline
Topics you will cover include:
- Cells and their processes
- Photosynthesis and Respiration
- Atomic structure and the Periodic Table.
- Chemical Bonding
- Rates of Reaction
- Electrical circuits
- The effects of forces and collisions
- Using radioactive decay
You will also be looking at how these scientific ideas were developed and use this to improve your own investigative skills.
How will I learn? What skills will I acquire?
In addition to the skills developed through the CORE and ADDITIONAL courses you will also be employing a variety of techniques such as group work, discussions and ICT research and these are the very skills you will need as a professional scientist
How will I be assessed?
You will sit two, 90 minute, examinations for each of the science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these examinations makes up 45% of your final GCSE grade, with the final 10% coming from an externally assessed, scientific investigation for each subject. The first set of examinations are at the end of your year 10, the second set are in the June of Year 11 and the externally assessed investigation will take place in the spring of Year 11 so it is a fast paced approach to learning.
Progression following this course. What’s next?
When you complete the GCSE SEPARATE Science in year 11 you will then be able to go on and study any of the sciences at A-level and will be better prepared to do so but it is still expected in most institutes that offer post 16 science course such as A-level that you should acquire a C grade in this qualification at least.
Future career opportunities
With science qualifications at your back there are a multitude of career paths open to you and here are just a few: Airline pilot, Biologist, Chemist, Dentist, Engineer, Forensic scientist, Geologist, Health care professional, Immunologist, Journalist, Geneticist, Laboratory technician, Mechanic, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Pathologist, Quantity surveyor, Radiographer, Surgeon, Teacher, Veterinarian, Weather forecaster or Zoologist.