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Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence. Science aims to educate young people on the world around them, help them to understand the role of science in society and to develop both confidence and knowledge as well as aquiring skills in planning and carrying out research and practical investigations.

GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world.
Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All students should learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should gain appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described i in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences and that are both inter-linked and of universal application. 


what is science?

In science you will learn about the biological, chemical, physical and technological world. You will plan and conduct investigations to test scientific ideas and explanations. Understand that scientific knowledge has been developed over time by scientists from all cultures all around the world. And finally learn that science is continually changing due to new research and new technology. 


key stage 4

Specification: Edexcel GCSE Sciences (2016)

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Year/Course Code: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Combined Science (1SC0)

All students will study the Combined Science specification that allows students to understand the world around them and their role in that world. Understand the role that Science plays in our society. Students will develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings as well as how to act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge. Students will study a wide range of topics within Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as completing Core practical assessments. Able and enthusiastic scientists will be able to study the Separate Science qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Course Units and Description

Biology - Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4
– Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in
animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles.

Chemisty - Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures, Topic 3 – Chemical changes, Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria. Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table, Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes, Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science.

Physics - Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy, Topic 4 – Waves, Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 – Radioactivity, Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work, Topic 9 – Forces and their effects, Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits, Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect, Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction, Topic 14 – Particle model, Topic 15 – Forces and matter.

Core Practicals

1.6 Investigate biological specimens using microscopes, including magnification calculations and labelled scientific drawings from observations
1.10 Investigate the effect of pH on enzyme activity
1.16 Investigate osmosis in potatoes
6.5 Investigate the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis
8.11 Investigate the rate of respiration in living organisms
9.5 Investigate the relationship between organisms and their environment using field-work techniques, including quadrats and belt transects

Chemistry Core practicals:

2.11 Investigate the composition of inks using simple distillation and paper chromatography
3.6 Investigate the change in pH on adding powdered calcium hydroxide/calcium oxide to a fixed volume of dilute hydrochloric acid
3.17 Investigate the preparation of pure, dry hydrated copper sulfate crystals starting from copper oxide including the use of a water bath
3.31 Investigate the electrolysis of copper sulfate solution with inert electrodes and copper electrodes
7.1 Investigate the effects of changing the conditions of a reaction on the rates of chemical reactions by: a measuring the production of a gas (in the reaction between hydrochloric acid and
marble chips) b observing a colour change (in the reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid)

Physics Core practicals:

2.19 Investigate the relationship between force, mass and acceleration by varying the masses added to trolleys
4.17 Investigate the suitability of equipment to measure the speed, frequency and wavelength of a wave in a solid and a fluid
5.9 Investigate refraction in rectangular glass blocks in terms of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter Construct electrical circuits to: a investigate the relationship between potential difference, current and resistance for a resistor and a filament lamp b test series and parallel circuits using resistors and filament lamps
14.3 Investigate the densities of solid and liquids
14.11 Investigate the properties of water by determining the specific heat capacity of water and obtaining a temperature-time graph for melting ice
15.6 Investigate the extension and work done when applying forces to a spring