Science

(Edexcel Science GCSE)

Contact: Mr C Dunford, - STEM Faculty

Course Details:

Each student will follow the Edexcel Science specification. Assessment is 75% exam at the end of year 11 and 25% based upon practical work in the Controlled Assessment. Core (2SC01) and Additional (2SA01) are assessed separately and the students gain two GCSE qualifications.

Students will be set on ability and tested once per term to monitor progress against target. Intervention can be put in place at any time to support students. After-school revision is available Tuesday and is open to all. To support student learning we recommend that all students purchase a copy of both the Core and the Additional Science revision guides.


Assessment: Core and Additional

Students are entered for one of two tiers:

  • Higher (grades 4 to 9 available)
  • Foundation (grades 1 to 5 available)

The Core examination consists of three written papers. One each in Biology (B1), Chemistry (C1) and Physics (P1). Each last for 60 minutes and are equally weighted at 25% each.

The Additional Science examination also consists of three written papers. One each in Biology (B2), Chemistry (C2) and Physics (P2). Each last for 60 minutes and are equally weighted.

The remaining 25% for Core and Additional is based upon a Controlled Assessment completed in school and focused around a practical investigation.

Assessment: Triple Science

Students are entered for one of two tiers for each of Biology (2BI01), Chemistry (2CH01) and Physics (2PH01):

  • Higher (grades 4 to 9 available)
  • Foundation (grades 1 to 5 available)

Each subject consists of three written papers (P1,P2 and P3). These last for 60 minutes and are equally weighted at 25% each.

The remaining 25% is based upon a Controlled Assessment completed in school and focused around a practical investigation.

Skills Developed:

As well as enabling students to gain an understanding of the key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics through the use of experimental investigations and class practical, students are encouraged to become independent thinkers, developing their skills in organisation, manual dexterity, logical and systematic thought. Further skills developed include IT, Data Analysis and written communication skills.
Formal preparation for written exams help develop concise communication and reinforces numerical skills.

Beyond Year 11:

Students can progress to AS and A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Years 12 and 13.

This is our last year of the EDEXCEL Qualification. Students in years 7-10 are studying for the new AQA science examinations.