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The Oakwood Academy
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GCSE Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
This course leads to three GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required by real scientists in their work. The qualification is Linear meaning that the students will sit all examinations at the end of the course. The content for each subject area is listed below.
1. Cell biology
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
3. Infection and response
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
6. Chemical changes
2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
8. Chemistry in the atmosphere
4. Chemical analysis
9. Energy changes
5. The rate and extent of chemical change
10. Using resources
5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
6. Particle model of matter
7. Atomic structure
Two examination papers for each subject area. Different topics are assessed on each paper.
Each examination paper lasts for 1hour 45 minutes.
There are two tiers – Foundation and Higher.
Each paper has 100 marks and is worth 50% of the final grade.
The type of questions included on each paper examination paper are multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.
Two GCSEs in Science subjects are the minimum requirement from post 16 Colleges to go on to study A-Levels in Science which can then lead to Higher Education. This is also true of Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science.
Many other options at post 16 require two good passes in GCSE Sciences.
There are a huge number of possible careers that require good Science GCSEs.
Further detail can be found at:
The Oakwood Academy, Bewcastle Road, Warren Hill, Nottingham NG5 9PJ
tel: (0115) 953 9323 email: