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Qualification

Exam Board

GCSE

EdExcel/Pearson

Course Summary

The GCSE Science course provides insight into how science works, stimulating students’ curiosity and encouraging them to think about science in their everyday lives.

Students are being prepared for the next stages of their education, which will be their GCSE exam (1-9) to be taken in summer 2019.

What will students learn?

Biology

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1 (Separate Science only)
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
  • Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2(Separate Science only)

Physics

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 – Astronomy
  • Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 – Static electricity
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter

How will students be assessed?

Students are assessed at the end of Year 11 in a series of six examinations.

Combined Science papers will be 1hour 10 minutes long.

Separate Science papers will be 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Differentiation

The science department at Wrenn Academy uses the school shared drive to support pupils with their learning. This includes extension quizzes and supporting information on PowerPoints.