Course Content: What you will study?
Students commencing Y10 in September 2016 are the first cohort of the new GCSE specifications, graded 9-1. We continue to offer triple (Separate) and double (Trilogy) GCSE routes for students. Both of these routes allow entry onto the A level science courses, given a suitable grade.
The sections below relate to the old specification. We will update them once the current Y11 have left. Should you wish to see more about the new specifications, please visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse
UNIT 2 - continued
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see links at the bottom of this page.
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in ability based sets, with set 1 only being offered the separate Science route
Students are internally assessed part way through Year 10 in order to accurately set according to ability. Further assessment takes place during mock examinations in both years.
There are two tiers for this course, higher and foundation but all students taking separate sciences will sit the Higher tier paper. Students taking the higher tier examinations are tested on more material, are presented with more challenging questions and may be awarded grades A*-C or a U grade.
Controlled Assessment and Final Examinations
Students will sit one pieces of coursework (ISAs) in each year, with the best of the two marks going forward to count for 25% of the final grade.
Final Examinations: There are three final examinations at the end of year 11
Unit 1 Biology – 1 hour, 25%
Unit 2 Biology – 1 hour, 25%
Unit 3 Biology – 1 hour, 25%
Where this Qualification Leads
Students who gain a good grade (B or above) in this course, may take A level Biology. A good grade (C or above) may also be helpful in vocational courses such as hairdressing, environmental studies and engineering.
Exam Board and Specification
Exam Board: AQA