GCSE Chemistry and Biology 14-16 Programme

About the course

The GCSE Science qualifications enable students to:

· Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry

· Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

· Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments

· Develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Students will study the sciences in ways that help them to develop curiosity about the natural world, that give them an insight into how science works and that enable them to appreciate its relevance to their everyday lives. The scope and nature of the study is broad, coherent, practical and satisfying. Designed to encourage students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by the subject and its achievement.

Course modules

Year 1

Key concepts in biology

Biology

Exchange and transport in animals

Biology

Ecosystems and material cycles

Biology

Key concepts in chemistry

Chemistry

States of matter and mixtures

Chemistry

Chemical changes

Chemistry

Extracting metals and equilibria

Chemistry

Separate chemistry 1

Chemistry

Groups in the periodic table

Chemistry

Rates of reaction and energy changes

Chemistry

Fuels and Earth science

Chemistry

Separate chemistry 2

Chemistry

Cells and control

Biology

Genetics

Biology

Natural selection and genetic modification

Biology

Health, disease and the development of medicines

Biology

Plant structures and their functions

Biology

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Biology

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Must have achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at a grade 4 or above or be working towards GCSE Maths and English ideally through the College.

The College is currently considering a Level One Science option for students not ready for GCSE.

Learning and assessment

Combination of practical and theory based learning. Students will participate in group work and independent work. Examination will involve a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

GCSE Biology and Chemistry Text Books

Costs that are optional for the course:

Lab Coat