Science

Teaching Staff
  • Mrs B McKenna
  • Mr J Kerr
  • Mrs T McGilloway
  • Mr S Coleman
  • Mrs T Cassidy
  • Mrs A McKenna
  • Miss C McNamee
Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 8-10 follow a common programme of study based on the Northern Ireland curriculum which is differentiated according to ability. Pupils are taught in groups of approximately 18, divided according to alphabetical form class lists, or in form classes where numbers are smaller

 

2 Science Options at GCSE
  • GCSE Double Award Science
  • GCSE Single Award Science
GCSE Double Award Science
  • Offers a balanced Science specification including Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Leads to 2 GCSE awards/grades
  • 3 end-of-module tests (November, March, June) make up 33% of the GCSE grade
  • Controlled Assessment = 25% of GCSE grade
  • 3 terminal papers at end of Year 12 = 42% of GCSE grade
  • Two tiers of entry - Higher Tier = grades AA-DD, Foundation Tier = grades CC-GG
  • At least a Level 5 in the Year 10 summer test is needed to study Double Award Science, one group may be restricted to Foundation Tier of entry - movement between groups may be possible depending on achievement in end of module tests

GCSE Double Award Science is required for progression to AS/A level in Science subjects and is recommended for progression to GCE Double Award Applied Science (the vocational equivalent of 2 science A levels)

Students should be aware that some 3rd level/University courses that do not require Science subjects at Post 16 do require Double Award at GCSE, eg Nursing. Those in doubt regarding GCSE subjects required for particular 3rd level courses should consult their careers teacher.

Many Year 10 pupils may be undecided regarding post 16 studies and their future career and will wish to leave their options as open as possible.As your careers teacher will verify, Double Award Science is one of the most useful GCSE subjects in terms of broadening possible careers options.

 

GCSE Single Award Science
  • Offers a balanced Science specification including Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Leads to 1 GCSE award/grade
  • 3 end-of-module tests each of which = 25% of the GCSE grade
  • Controlled Assessment =25% of the GCSE grade
  • Two tiers of entry; Higher, graded A*-D and Foundation graded C-G
  • At least a level 4 in the Year 10 Summer test is required
  • Pupils will be ranked in classes according to Year 10 Summer test results.
  • Depending on KS3 results, one class may enter the Higher Tier while other classes may be restricted to Foundation.
  • Pupils achieving grades A*-C in GCSE Single Award Science may be considered for progression to GCE Double Award Applied Science and GCE Environmental Technology at Post 16
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