Science GCSE

Course Code: CSCGC
Learning Aim Code: 60008921
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (Evening)
Duration: One Year
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are interested in science the GCSE course will give you a broad overview of the three main science areas – biology, chemistry and physics – and will enable you to investigate and solve scientific problems and communicate scientific observations and arguments effectively.

The qualification will enable you to progress to a Level 3 science course and also progress to higher education qualifications or career options for which GCSE Science is an essential requirement.

You will carry out practical sessions in our well-equipped science labs and throughout the course will have the opportunity to go on science-related educational visits and field trips.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study the following modules:

  • How humans respond to changes
  • What we can do to keep healthy
  • What causes disease and how to defend our bodies
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Environmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • How rocks provide building materials
  • Extraction and uses of metals
  • Fuels and crude oil
  • Polymers
  • Earth and the atmosphere
  • Use of plant oils
  • Physics
  • Electricity and electrical devices
  • Generating electricity
  • Waves and electro-magnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • The universe and our solar system
  • Heat transfer

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Material, physical and living worlds
  • Effects of science on society
  • Importance of scale in science
  • Nature of science and of the scientific processes
  • Relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations
  • Risk and potential risk in the context of potential benefits
  • Observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills
  • Communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed through course work and a one hour exam in each area – biology, chemistry, physics.

What can I do next?

Completion of the course will enable you to:

  • Progress to a Level 3 Science course
  • Access a range of higher education courses and career options for which GCSE Science is an essential requirement – e.g. teacher training

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you will be required to:

  • Attend a college interview
  • Undertake an assessment to determine your level of knowledge

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