During the course you will develop your knowledge of Number, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry & Measures and Probability & Statistics. You will be entered for the paper that is most suitable for you. The course is assessed by three 90 minute exams at the end of year 2. Paper 1 is non-calculator but calculators are allowed for papers 2 and 3.
GCSE Biology is an exciting course that develops an understanding of the living world and a scientific approach to problem solving. The course focuses on practical skills, with students learning how to handle scientific equipment and apparatus confidently and competently. The topics covered in this course include cell biology, organisation, infection & response, bioenergetics, homeostasis & response, inheritance, variation & evolution and ecology. The course has two exams that take place the end of the course, each of which contributes to 50% of the overall GCSE grade. Both exams include a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.
GCSE Chemistry gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of:
- the nature of substances and how they react together
- how Chemistry is used in business and industry
- how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment
The course is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to understanding and explaining the world and solving problems. Many of the materials considered are substances that students will come across in their daily lives like drinking water, vegetable oils and metals. This helps engage students by putting their learning in context. Students' practical skills are developed with hands on work which helps make the subject come alive in the classroom.