Science, and its wide applications, forms an essential part of the world we live in. It has therefore become increasingly important to gain a qualification in Science. For example, a GCSE Science qualification is generally required for careers in medical services, public and armed services and for teacher training. This is the GCSE Additional Science and it is a single award and follows on from Core Science.
There are several specific reasons for studying GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE. You may wish to prepare yourself for a higher level science course, e.g. AS/A level or BTEC National courses; you may wish to complement a higher level course, e.g. to support Geography or Sports Science A levels; you may need the qualification for entry to a career such as nursing or teaching or to study alongside a vocational course.
The course follows the National Curriculum requirements for Additional Science GCSE and will therefore be similar to the course you would have studied at school in year 11. For this reason the emphasis will be on improving your previous knowledge base and developing exam technique.
Lessons will be a mixture of practical and problem solving exercises primarily utilising the course workbook and IT resources. The course follows the Higher Tier specification and the objective is to achieve grades from C to A*
Minimum entry requirements
You will normally be expected to have achieved at least Grade D in double award Science or Grade D in single award Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or grade C in Core Science. Grade C in Mathematics and in English are also recommended.
How will I be assessed?
Three 1 hour papers in the May, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These tests contribute 75% of the course assessment. Foundation and Higher Tier levels are available in all tests. Practical skills are assessed as the CAU (Centre Assessed unit), worth 25%, during lessons in the Spring Term.
Information & support
Costs: A course workbook (£5.00) will be required and a revision guide (£5.00) is also available on request. This may be obtained from the College at the start of the course.
What can I do with this qualification?
May lead to an A Level in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, Sports Studies Psychology, or BTEC Applied Science or as a requirement for some Level 3 vocational courses.
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Overall A Level pass rate
Of students gained A* to B
Of students gained A* to C