GCSE Science is compulsory at key stage 4.
What will I study on the course?
Science is an important subject in today’s complex world of innovation and technology. Without the advancements in science we would not benefit from good medical care, modern communications, enough food for our growing population and energy solutions for our increasing demand. Science makes sense of the world around us and gives us an opportunity to enquire, investigate and expand our horizons. The National Curriculum dictates that all pupils undertake a balanced course of study of the sciences at GCSE level so that we fulfil an ever growing need for a workforce to match our future. Every child will be expected to achieve at least two GCSEs in science.
This is a course that will award a double GCSE at the end of Year 11. You will study biology, chemistry and physics with subject specialist teachers and be examined on each at the end of year 10 and year 11. In addition you will be expected to carry out practical tasks in lessons and complete a practical assessment worth 10% of the final grade.
GCSE Science Triple Award - Option Subject
You will study for three SEPARATE GCSE QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. If you choose Triple science one of your GCSE option blocks will be used to teach you the extra topics to cover the three science GCSEs.
The WJEC course is structured differently from double award meaning it will no longer be possible to choose to switch between the courses at a later date. Each examined unit has two tiered papers; foundation (G-C) and higher (E-A*). Each teacher will advise their pupils of which paper would be best suited to their ability.
You will be multi-skilled and develop flexibility in the way that you think and learn. You will have the opportunity to acquire a range of practical skills. You will need to solve problems by applying knowledge of key biological principles. You will learn about the human body, how it works and how it interacts with the environment. This will necessitate an awareness of social issues. You will learn about animals, plants and their habitats and understand
about the delicate balance that exists between species and their environment. By studying Biology you are in training for a wide variety of careers from the medical profession, through agricultural and sporting to environment centred careers.
Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. It is the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of life. The study of Chemistry to GCSE opens the possibility of a wide range of careers, not just confined to those related to medicine and engineering. Knowledge of chemistry is very useful when working in any sphere of industry, but especially the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It encourages organised and methodical thought, practical ability is developed and a problem solving approach is at times useful.
Physics is the study of ‘what, why and how’, covering a diverse range of subjects ranging from sub-atomic particles to how the universe was formed! The ideas, techniques and skills developed during your GCSE will be invaluable not only within the fields of engineering, but for understanding how things work in everyday life. Is Nuclear Power dangerous? Why should you turn your computer off and not leave it on stand-by? How can Physics help Wales win the 6 Nations? Employment prospects for pupils who go on to study Physics at higher level are excellent and a wide variety of career options are available, particularly in engineering - from electronic, electrical and mechanical, to aircraft, materials or medical engineering. Sound and Mining Engineers travel the globe, Rocket engineers send astrophysicists into space, Radiographers save lives and Particle Physicists will save the world!