GCSE Science A

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What will I learn?

In Science A, which is studied in Year 10, you will be able to develop an appreciation of the knowledge and understanding of the world, as established by the scientific community.

You will also study the processes undertaken by the scientific community to validate and extend this knowledge. Within the subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics you will investigate the ways in which this scientific knowledge impacts upon society and how society influences science.

How will I learn?

You will be given the opportunity to undertake your own scientific measurements and investigations. By being given this opportunity, we will help you develop your Scientific Language, Mathematical, Communication and ICT skills. This will enable you to understand and evaluate scientific information from both scientific and popular sources.

How will I be assessed?

You will follow the WJEC Specification through the medium of English.

External assessments are tiered. Learners following Science A will be examined in Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1 at the end of their Year 10. All external assessments are composed of structured questions involving some extended writing.

The controlled internal assessments are untiered. The tasks will be provided annually by WJEC and will be marked by your teachers and then moderated by WJEC.

What next after the course?

This GCSE course offers the exciting opportunity to study one or more Science subjects at AS or A-level.  A-level Sciences can be the gateway into a number of great career choices and can be absolutely essential to access certain degree courses at university.

Future employment opportunities?

Examples of careers where A-level Sciences are essential are vast and varied and can range from such careers as Medicine, Nursing and Veterinary Science to being a Marine Biologist or Planetary Scientist.