Here at TGS the Science department prides itself on its excellent GCSE results. Students regularly exceed their computer based predictions and over 95% of students go on to study at least one A level in Science.
Understanding science makes everything—a walk in the woods, reading a newspaper, or watching the news on TV, a family visit to a science museum or beach—more interesting. It helps us to make sense of the world.
A wide diversity of careers exist in which science is used. They range from the expected— science teacher, vet or forensics technician, to the adventurous—astronaut, deep-cave explorer, and oceanographer—and to the offbeat—roller coaster designer, perfumer, and sport biomechanist.
All pupils will follow the OCR Gateway Science A (9 to 1) but can choose to take either:
- ‘Combined Science’ which results in 2 (double award) GCSEs OR
- 3 separate sciences which results in 3 GCSEs, one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All 3 sciences must be taken, there is no opportunity to study 2 out of the 3.
We would strongly recommend that any pupil considering taking any A Level Science does opt for the triple Science. This is especially important if Chemistry or Physics at A Level is a consideration. If you expect to take 3 separate sciences at A Level or to be a Vet or a Doctor then separate sciences are a must!
Pupils will take the following topics. Combined Science pupils will study a reduced proportion of the content of each topic.
- B1: Cell level systems
- B2: Scaling up
- B3: Organism level systems
- B4: Community level systems
- B5: Interaction between systems
- B6: Global challenges
- C1: Particles
- C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
- C3: Chemical reactions
- C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
- C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
- C6: Global challenges
- P1: Matter
- P2: Forces
- P3: Electricity
- P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
- P5: Waves in matter
- P6: Radioactive decay – waves and particles
- P7: Energy
- P8: Global challenges
GCSE Combined Science (end of Year 11) – worth 2 GCSEs: Assessment Information:
2 x 1 hour 10 min papers in each of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Each exam is worth 16.7%. Maths content of the papers will be 20%.
Practical assessment taken in normal lessons will consist of a minimum of 16 practicals across the 3 subjects. Practical techniques will be assessed as 15% of the written exams.
GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (end of Year 11) – worth 3 GCSEs:
2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each exam is worth 50% of the GCSE in each subject. Maths content in Biology is 10%, Chemistry is 20% and Physics is 30%.
Practical assessment taken in normal lessons will consist of a minimum of 8 practicals in each science. Practical techniques will be assessed as 15% of the written exams.
GCSE Combined Science
Separate Science GCSEs – Year 11: