Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Science

Science

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 students will follow the OCR Gateway Science suite B syllabus but can choose to take either:

1. ‘Dual award’ Science which results in 2 GCSE’s, one in Science, the other in Additional Science OR
2. 3 separate Sciences which results in 3 GCSE’s, 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.

Both options are designed to prepare students for A levels in any combination of Sciences although 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!

Students will take the following modules:

Dual award students 
Triple Award Students

Year 10: GCSE Science 
Year 10

B1: Understanding Ourselves 
B1: Understanding Ourselves
B2: Understanding our Environment 
B2: Understanding our Environment
                                                          
B3: Living and Growing
C1: Carbon Chemistry 
C1: Carbon Chemistry
C2: Chemical Resources 
C2: Chemical Resources
 
C3: Chemical Economics
P1: Energy for the Home 
P1: Energy for the Home
P2: Living for the Future (energy resources) 
P2: Living for the Future (energy resources)
 
P3: Forces for Transport

Year 11: GCSE Additional Science 
Year 11

B3: Living and Growing 
B4: It’s a Green World
B4: It’s a Green World  
B5: The Living Body
 
B6: Beyond the Microscope
C3: Chemical Economics 
C4: The Periodic Table
C4: The Periodic Table 
C5: How Much? (quantitative analysis)
 
C6: Chemistry out There
P3: Forces for Transport
P4: Radiation for Life
P4: Radiation for Life 
P5: Space for Reflection
 
P6: Electricity for Gadgets

Assessment Information:

GCSE Science (end of Year 10):

B1/C1/P1 exam taken in May/June of Year 10- 1hour 15mins - 75 marks (35% of GCSE)
B2/C2/P2 exam taken in May/June of Year 10- 1hour 30mins – 85 marks (40% of GCSE)
Controlled assessment taken in normal lessons - 48 marks (25% of GCSE)

GCSE Additional Science (end of Year 11):

B3/C3/P3 exam taken in May/June of Year 11 - 1hour 15mins - 75 marks (35% of GCSE)
B4/C4/P4 exam taken in May/June of Year 11- 1hour 30mins – 85 marks (40% of GCSE)
Controlled assessment taken in normal lessons - 48 marks (25% of GCSE)

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (end of Year 11):

B1/B2/B3
C1/C2/C3             exams taken in May/June of Year 11- 1hour 15mins - 75 marks (35% of GCSE)
P1/P2/P3

B4/B5/B6
C4/C5/C6            exams taken in May/June of Year 11- 1hour 30mins – 85 marks (40% of GCSE)
P4/P5/P6

Controlled assessment in each Science taken in lessons - 48 marks (25% of GCSE)

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