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2 What qualifications will my child get at the end of year 11? Either AQA Science GCSEsEdexcel Level 2 BTEC in Applied ScienceORA combination of both
3 What qualifications will my child get at the end of year 11? All students will receive at least 2 science qualificationsDepending on their route; 1 of the following:Triple Science (about 60 students)(1 GCSE in Biology, 1 GCSE in Chemistry and 1 GCSE in Physics)Double Science (about 130 students)2 Science GCSEs (Core and Additional)Applied Science BTEC AND a Science GCSE (about 40 students)2 BTEC Level 2 qualifications (about 20 students)
4 Why is it so complicated? Good question… We will try to make sure that your child achieves the equivalent of 2 Science GCSEs at least. (At the best grade possible)Most students will just take 2 GCSEs!Some have already chosen to take 3 because they know they really like science and they think they want to follow a career where they think that 3 Science GCSEs may give them some advantage and so do tripleSome students are better at coursework and so will do better in BTEC.
6 When will students be assessed? Triple Science GCSE:9 exams (all the core, additional and further content) in Y11 plus 3 practical examsDouble Science GCSE:Additional: 3 exams in Y11 plus 1 practical exam (taken at end of year 10)Core: 3 exams in y10 plus 1 practical exam (students have already done this but will redo in March)Science GCSE:3 exams in Y11 plus 1 practical exam (taken at end of year 10)Applied BTEC L2:exam worth 25% at end of y11assignments of the yearCORE BTEC L2:exam worth 25% at end of y1010 assignments over the courseCORE BTEC L2:exam worth 25% at end of y1010 assignments over the course
7 What topics are covered in BTEC? Principles of Applied ScienceApplication of Science Unit 1: Principles of Science *Unit 5: Application of Chemical Substances Unit 2: Chemistry and our EarthUnit 6: Application of Physical Science Unit 3: Energy and our UniverseUnit 7: Health Applications of Life Science Unit 4: Biology and our EnvironmentUnit 8: Scientific Skills * * Unit is externally assessed* Unit is externally assessed More details can be found from:
8 How is BTEC assessed? BTEC in Y10 10 Assignments covering all the core Science topics (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) AND an exam on this science worth 25%What support do students get in lessons?Exemplar assignmentsBasic writing frames for a passCatch up club Tuesday Evening 3-4pmWhat can I do to help?Assignments completed in classFrom Easter students will need to revise for exam
9 What topics are covered in the Core GCSE? BiologyB1.1 Keeping healthyB1.2 Nerves and hormonesB1.3 The use and abuse of drugsB1.4 Interdependence and adaptationB1.5 Energy and biomass in food chainsB1.6 Waste materials from plants and animalsB1.7 Genetic variation and its controlB1.8 EvolutionChemistryC1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistryC1.2 Limestone and building materialsC1.3 Metals and their usesC1.4 Crude oil and fuelsC1.5 Other useful substances from crude oilC1.6 Plant oils and their usesC1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmospherePhysicsP1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferredP1.2 Energy and efficiencyP1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliancesP1.4 Methods we use to generate electricityP1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expandingMore details can be found on:
10 What topics are covered in the Additional GCSE? BiologyB2.1 Cells and simple cell transportB2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systemsB2.3 PhotosynthesisB2.4 Organisms and their environmentB2.5 Proteins – their functions and usesB2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respirationB2.7 Cell division and inheritanceB2.8 SpeciationChemistryC2.1 Structure and bondingC2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substancesC2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistryC2.4 Rates of reactionC2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactionsC2.6 Acids, bases and saltsC2.7 ElectrolysisPhysicsP2.1 Forces and their effectsP2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing downP2.3 Currents in electrical circuitsP2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliancesP2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissionsP2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
11 What topics are covered in the Further GCSE? BiologyB3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cellsB3.2 Transport systems in plants and animalsB3.3 HomeostasisB3.4 Humans and their environmentChemistryC3.1 The periodic tableC3.2 WaterC3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changesC3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistryC3.5 The production of ammoniaC3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and estersPhysicsP3.1 Medical applications of physicsP3.2 Using physics to make things workP3.3 Keeping things moving
12 How are GCSE students assessed? The exams are split into 3 different types of questions based around the Biology, Chemistry and Physics that they learn and students can expect about 30-40% of each type:AO1; Recalling the science:e.g. Labelling diagrams, testing definitions etc. The easiest thing to test.What support do students get in lessons? Quizzes in lessons. Using glossaries to find meanings.How can I help? Keyword quizzes, from revision guide notes, testing using flash cards.AO2; Applying skills, applying knowledge and applying understanding:e.g. Summarising information from articles. Using calculations. Interpreting graphs.What support do students get in lessons? Controlled assessments focus on these skillsHow can I help? Read science articles online or in a magazine, looking at tables and graphs and ask – what have you found out? Check calculations (using mark scheme in revision guide) UseAO3; Analysing and evaluating evidence:e.g. balanced argument and “because” statement. Or “My opinion is …. Because …..”What support do students get in lessons? Practise exam questions. Back up conclusions with evidence and then making judgements about validity of evidence.How can I help? Read science articles online or in a magazine about new technology or innovations and ask – what do you think about that? Why? Are the writers biased?
13 Plan of Core and Additional Science GCSE exams Yr 9 & 10 Core GCSEB1Exam taken end of year 1025%C1P12 practical ISA exams taken within 10B1, C1, P1 plus an ISA = Core Science GCSEY11 Additional ScienceB2Exam taken end of year 11C2P2practical ISA exam taken early on in year 11B2, C2, P2 plus ISA = Additional Science GCSE
14 Plan of triple science GCSE exams Yr 9 Core Award(Science A)Biology 1 Exam 25%Chemistry 1Exam 25%Physics 1Practical Exam 25%B1, C1, P1 plus Practical = Core Science GCSEYr10 Additional AwardBiology 2Chemistry 2Physics 2Practical Exam 25%B2, C2, P2 plus Practical = Additional Science GCSEY11 Triple Award (Further)Biology 3Chemistry 3Physics 3B3, C3, P3 plus Practical = Further Science GCSEB1, B2, B3+ practical =Biology GCSEC1, C2, C3 + practical = Chemistry GCSEP1, P2, P3 + practical = Physics GCSE
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