Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

Year 10 & 11 Sciences GCSE (compulsory)

Exam Board: AQA
Specification Number: 4405, 4408 (core and additional)
4401, 4402 & 4403 (separate)

Courses Offered

SCIENCE (core and additional)

This covers all aspects of science education, evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society. Core science is taken in Year 10 and studied as individual subject areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Additional science has a greater emphasis on explaining, theorising and modelling in science and is examined at the end of Year 11. This will give students two overall GCSEs in science and allows them to go on to study A Level science subjects.

SEPARATE SCIENCES (chemistry, physics and biology)

Separate sciences are available for those pupils for whom it is appropriate. They are ideal preparation for studying sciences at A Level and extend students’ understanding of concepts in more depth. It would be advisable to discuss this option with members of the science department before any decision is made. It should be realised that extra study will be needed over and above the modules studied in science and additional science. In this scheme a full range of qualifications is offered in order to maximise each pupil’s chance of success whilst providing the all important opportunity to stretch the most able.

After GCSE

Although a study of science and additional science will provide adequate preparation for post GCSE study, separate sciences will give pupils a real chance to come to terms with more demanding aspects of the subject.

Science allows access to an extensive range of career options, degree and post degree opportunities. It also incorporates a wide range of skills and under-standing of day to day experiences involving health, safety and an ability to judge without bias. At Hethersett Old Hall School we offer A Level studies in biology, chemistry, physics and applied science, all of which will enable entry into universities to continue an education in science.

Course Details

Core science:

Three examination papers at the end of Year 10 and one ISA practical assessment make up the GCSE core science award (25% each). The contents of these units are:

Biology: Health, drugs, adaptation, variation and evolution.
Chemistry: Atomic structure, building materials, uses of metals, oil and its produces and our changing planet.
Physics: Energy and heating, using energy, electricity, waves and electromagnetic waves.

Additional science:

Three examination papers at the end of Year 11 and one ISA practical assessment make up the GCSE additional science award (25% each). The contents of this unit are:

Biology: Cells, organisms, enzymes, respiration, inheritance and evolutionary evidence.
Chemistry: Structure and bonding, mass measurements, rates of reactions, salts and electrolysis.
Physics: Forces and motion, work, energy and momentum, electricity, radioactivity and nuclear energy.

Separate sciences

You take an additional unit in each of the sciences and one ISA in each. This involves three examination papers at the end of Year 11 in each of the subjects. Each exam paper and ISA contributes 25% towards the subject GCSE. The additional content for each unit is:

Biology: Exchange of materials, transportation systems, homeostasis, and human activities and the environment.
Chemistry: The Periodic Table, water, energy calculations, analysis, synthesis and organic chemistry.
Physics: Medical applications, physics in the real world, magnetic fields, motors and transformers.


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