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Welcome to the Science Department

GCSE Science

Aims

Pupils will

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for Science
  • gain and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how Science works and its essential role in society
Unit 1 Biology  25%

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Keeping Healthy
  • Co-ordination and Control
  • Medicine and Drugs
  • Adaptation for Survival
  • Energy in Biomass
  • Variation and Evolution

Written Paper – 1 hour.  Closed and structured questions.  One longer response question assessing quality of written communication (QWC) in a science context.

 

Unit 2 Chemistry  25%

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Rocks and Building Materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude Oil and Fuels
  • Products from Oil
  • Plant Oils and our changing planet

Written Paper – 1 hour.  Closed and structured questions.  One longer response question assessing quality of written communication (QWC) in a science context.

 

Unit 3 Physics  25%

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Energy Transfer by Heating
  • Using Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Generating Electricity
  • Waves and Electromagnetic Waves

Written Paper – 1 hour.  Closed and structured questions.  One longer response question assessing quality of written communication (QWC) in a science context.

 

Controlled Assessment 25%
  • Investigative Skills Assignment
  • Two written Assessments
  • One practical Assessment