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Science

Overview

We teach both the double and triple award science course. Most students will cover the Core and Additional Science but some may opt to cover the Further Additional course in year 11.

Course Outline

This is a three year course which includes unit covering biology, chemistry and physics.

Assessment

25% Coursework and 75% Examination– There will be six one hour papers at the end of the course covering 2 papers in each of biology, chemistry and physics (nine one hour papers if they choose the triple award option).

Examining Board

Core Science A (4405) - AQA
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405

Additional Science (4408) - AQA
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

GCSE Biology (4401) - AQA (set 1 only)
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401

GCSE Chemistry (4402) - AQA (set 1 only)
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

GCSE Physics (4403) - AQA (set 1 only)
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for Science are wide and varied including psychology, sports science, medicine, music technology, animal health, finance, teaching, marketing, patent law, photography, art restoration, media and film production, food technology.

Teaching Methods

Each fortnight you will be timetabled for ten periods of 60 minutes each. Lessons will include a mixture of practical and theory work. Assessment will be carried out during each topic using written assessed tasks and end of topic tests based upon past paper GCSE examination questions.

How is the course graded

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How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)