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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2007/2008

Science Department

Four courses are offered.

Science

Examination Board: OCR

Course description:

This is a co–ordinated course which is a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics and is followed by all students in Year 9. It deals with aspects of these three areas of science as found in the world around us. It can lead to a single GCSE award and will occupy four lessons each week.

Students undertake practical work throughout the course and some practical skills will be assessed as 'can–do' tasks. Other skills are assessed in 'Science in the News' tasks where student research some topical science and then write a report. The skills assessment makes up 33% of the course.

Additional Science

Examination Board: OCR

This is a co–ordinated course which is a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics and follows on from the Science course, dealing with scientific ideas in more detail. It can lead to a single GCSE award and will occupy four lessons each week.

Students undertake practical work throughout the course, some of which will be assessed as part of the skills assessment. Other skills are assessed in Research and Data Analysis tasks. The skills assessment makes up 33% of the course.

Career opportunities:

A good qualification in science opens up career opportunities in the science, engineering, medical and technology fields. All A–level science courses assume a minimum of grade B within the GCSE sciences. Science is widely recognised as the third core subject and it is being used as an entrance requirement into even less obvious careers such as primary school teaching.

Applied Science (2 GCSEs)

Examination Board: OCR

This GCSE is a nationally recognised work – related qualification designed to provide a choice of routes into further education or employment. It leads to a double GCSE science award and will occupy four lessons a week. It is aimed at students who produce their best work in class rather than in examinations and are interested in developing an understanding of how science influences our daily lives.

The structure of the GCSE in Applied Science:

The GCSE is divided into three units:

Unit One - Developing scientific skills

This is a coursework based unit and will give the opportunity to investigate how accidents are prevented in the work place in addition to other projects based on living organisms, chemical analysis or properties of materials.

Unit Two - Science for the needs of society

This unit is examined either in June of Year 10 or January of Year 11. The students study the work of scientists in obtaining useful chemicals, materials for making things as well as investigating the importance of energy.

The exam is set at higher (grades A*–D) or foundation level (grades C–G) and is worth 33% of the final grade in Year 11.

Unit Three - Science in the workplace

This is a coursework–based unit looking at the wide variety of jobs using science in the work place, for example it could involve studying the work of an engineer or a nurse, where science plays a major role in their job. Or it may be a less obvious scientific job, a chef needs to understand aspects of food science and the work of a photographer in processing films is based on the application of scientific knowledge and understanding.

Career opportunities:

This qualification gives access to a range of career and further education opportunities. The skills developed during this course are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. There are opportunities to continue studying either vocational A–levels such as health and social care or advanced subsidiary or advanced GCSE in science subjects such as biology. There are many careers that build on from the GCSE in applied science such as areas of medicine, environmental studies, engineering and computing.

Separate Sciences

Examination Board: OCR

Course description: This takes the concepts studied in science and additional science a little further. It leads to three separate GCSE awards in biology, chemistry and physics.

The skills assessment can follow the pattern of either 'science' or 'additional science'. It makes up 33% of the course.

Career opportunities:

In addition to the opportunities opened up by the additional science GCSE award, these three separate science GCSEs will prepare students even more extensively for careers within science, medicine, engineering and technology.

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