GCSE Science

Thanet College

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  • GCSE
  • Broadstairs
Description

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.

Important information

Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent. College interview. A satisfactory school report or references. Essential Skills Screening.

Government funding available

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Starts Location
On request
Broadstairs
Ramsgate Road, CT10 1PN, Kent, England
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Course programme



Course Overview
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.

Course Structure
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


Qualification Aims
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.

Assessments/Examinations
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.

Start Date
September 2010

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