Years 10-11

GCSE Sciences – OCR Gateway

  • In Year 10 the majority of students study Core Science.  This award is one GCSE.
  • Alternatively, a BTEC Level2 First Applied Science Course is also provided for some students.  This enables achievement to the equivalent of two grade C’s over 2 years.
  • However, some students are selected to study Triple Science which is dependent on achieving Level 7 at KS3.  Here, students will gain three separate GCSE grades (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Separate Science GCSE provides students with a GCSE in each of Chemistry, Physics and Biology.  It is ideal for those wishing to study Science at AS and A2 level.

In Year 11, students who have studied Core Science will then go onto study Additional Science, this provides a separate (second) GCSE in Science and will allow students to study all forms of Science at AS or A2 level.

Assessment of the Courses

There are two tiers of assessment for each course, Higher (A*- C) or Foundation (C –G)

Year 10

Core Science

BTEC Level2

Principles of Science

2 written papers (1 hour), taken in June:- Unit 1 is worth 35% and Unit 2 is worth 40%.

Exam taken in May/June

A Controlled Assessment Unit– 25%

This is continual assessment tasks with one exam in June. 

Completed over two years.

Year 11

Additional Science

Separate Science

Application of science

2 written papers (1 hour), taken in June:- Unit 3 is worth 35% and Unit 4 is worth 40%.

Exam taken in May/June

A Controlled Assessment Unit– 25%

Two Biology examinations worth 25% of marks.

Two Chemistry examinations worth 25% of marks.

Two Physics examinations worth 25% of marks.

(All taken in May/June)

Three Practical Assessments

(one in each discipline, each worth 25% of marks for that Science subject)

This is continual assessment tasks with one exam in June. 

Completed over two years.