Presentation on theme: "1 Science at GCSE into the Twenty First Century. 2 Why study science? What choices are on offer at school/college? What choices are there after."— Presentation transcript:
1 Science at GCSE into the Twenty First Century
2 Why study science? What choices are on offer at school/college? What choices are there after GCSE? More help to make our choice?
3 Why study science at GCSE? It’s natural to be curious about the physical world, and how things work Studying science develops important skills Everyone has to make decisions in life that involve science More and more jobs use science
4 Science at Twenty First Century Science courses Trialled by schools in England and Wales since 2003 Course developers with outstanding track records (University of York and Nuffield Curriculum Centre) Approved as preparation for further study, by Institute of Biology, Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry
5 What choices are on offer? GCSE Science GCSE Additional Science GCSE Additional Applied Science GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics and Entry Level or GCSE Science Entry Level and GCSE Additional Applied Science
6 GCSE Science Essential course for all students including future scientists Making sense of science in our everyday lives Learning how science works Coursework is worth 33.3% of marks: – case study – practical data analysis
7 Entry Level Supports students developing science skills Very relevant to science in everyday life Build up marks during the course Can lead to GCSE Science
8 GCSE Additional Science Concentrates on knowledge and skills needed for further study in the sciences Coursework is an investigation worth 33.3% of marks
9 GCSE Additional Applied Science Science related to the work-place practical, problem-solving approach Three larger modules: – 50% of marks from coursework
10 Separate Sciences Extending knowledge and understanding For those with a very keen interest in science Leads to three Awards – GCSE Biology – GCSE Chemistry – GCSE Physics Coursework worth 33.3% of marks
11 What happens post-16? CourseLeading to post-16 courses … Entry LevelGCSE Additional Applied Science GCSE ScienceGCSE Additional Science GCSE Additional Applied Science Other vocational courses GCSE Science + GCSE Additional Science AS level science courses GCSE Science + GCSE Additional Applied Science AS Applied Science, range of vocational courses and Separate SciencesAS level science courses
12 More help on course choice? Think about these questions: – What do you like about science? – What do you want to do after GCSEs? – How would you rather learn? – How would you rather earn your marks – exams or coursework? Talk to your teacher Look at the website
13 When will the exams be? What are the coursework dates? What can we do to help (e.g. collect media reports of science-related stories) What resources will our son/daughter be given? Can we buy any other resources, e.g. revision books?