Course Content: what you will study?
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see weblinks at the bottom of this page.
Students are taught in ability based sets.
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. 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. Students taking the foundation tier can gain grades C- U but are examined on less content. For full details click on the ‘specification’ at the bottom of this page.
Students will sit three pieces of coursework (ISAs) in each year, with the best mark going forward to count for 25% of the final grade.
Final Examinations: There are three final examinations at the end of year 10 and three at the end of year 11.
Where this Qualification Leads
Students who gain a good grade (B or above) in the Additional Science course, and in the component that they wish to study further, may take A level sciences. A good grade (C or above) may also be helpful in vocational courses such as hairdressing, environmental studies and engineering.
Exam Board: AQA