GCSE ScienceThanet College
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Frequent Asked Questions
4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent. College interview. A satisfactory school report or references. Essential Skills Screening.
What you'll learn on the course
This subject can be taken with other GCSEs and Level 2 qualifications to make up a full-time programme.
This subject will appeal to students with an enquiring mind, interested in the world around them and anyone thinking of a career in Science, Engineering, Medicine or related fields.
The programme is divided into three areas:
Biology (25% of total marks)
- Humans responses to changes
- Keeping healthy
- Abuse of drugs
- Causes of disease and how our bodies defend against them
- Variation within species
- Methods for producing plants and animals with preferred characteristics
Chemistry (25% of total marks)
- Rocks as building materials
- Metals from rocks and how these metals are used
- Fuels from crude oils
- Use of plant oils
- Changes in the Earth and atmosphere
- Why some species die out
- How new species develop
- How humans affect the environment
Physics (25% of total marks)
- How heat is transferred
- Efficient use of energy
- Why electrical devices are so useful
- Generating electricity
- Uses and hazards of electromagnetic waves
- Uses and dangers of radioactivity
- What we know about the universe and how it continues to change
Science is now considered a vital GCSE, along with Maths and English. Many jobs require a Science GCSE and for those considering a teaching career, it is essential. Students who wish to follow a scientific career or further study in any of the sciences would find this subject very useful.
There is a choice of Foundation or Higher Tier entry.There are written papers, one each covering the three subject areas listed. Each paper is 45 minutes (3/4 hour) and carries 25% of the total marks.
Courseworkâ€" candidates will perform experimental work and then be required to answer written questions based on their results. Coursework contributes to the remaining 25% of the mark.
Cost / Equipment
Students over 19 may be required to pay tuition fees. Examination fee for students over 19 at start of course is approximately£30.
You will be required to purchase a textbook and will need a simple scientific calculator, stationery, folder, pen and pencil.
Help with essential equipment costs may be available to students who experience financial difficulties.