Science GCSE Intensive
L00048

This course follows the AQA GCSE Science A syllabus. It is a linear syllabus suitable for the post-16 student. You will need a sound knowledge of Maths and English to succeed on this course and you will need to have knowledge of how you learn - your preferred learning style for example - as well as a knowledge and understanding of study skills. There is one controlled assessment, consisting of planning and carrying out an investigation and two written tests in class time. This is a busy and comprehensive written examination based course.

You will sit the GCSE Science exams in January 2018. Please note that there are no resit opportunities offered for this syllabus after January 2018.

Please note that there are no classes for this course over the summer break, i.e. your last class in July will be on 13 July 2017 and your next class will be on 14 September 2017.

Course Content

There are 4 Sections on this Syllabus:
How Science Works
• The thinking behind the doing
• Fundamental ideas
• Observation as a stimulus to investigation
• Designing an investigation
• Making measurements
• Presenting data
• Using data to draw conclusions
• Evaluation
• Societal aspects of scientific evidence
• Limitations of Scientific Evidence
Biology
• Keeping Healthy
• Nerves and hormones
• The use and abuse of drugs
• Interdependence and Adaptation
• Energy and biomass in food chains
• Waste materials from plants and animals
• Genetic variation and its control
• Evolution
Chemistry
• The fundamental ideas in chemistry
• Limestone and building materials
• Metals and their uses
• Crude oil and fuels
• Other useful substances from crude oil
• Plant oils and their uses
• Changes in the earth and its atmosphere
Physics
• The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred
• Energy and efficiency
• The usefulness of electrical appliances
• Methods we use to generate electricity
• The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English. You must also be aged 16 or over on 31.8.17. The exam board will not accept entries for the exams, for learners aged under 16 on 31.8.17.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information –
• The entry requirements for the GCSE Science course on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
• You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
• You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
• If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
• It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
• Please note we only allow one attempt at these screening assessments
If you wish to practise for these initial assessments you can do so at http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/tot/alns2/CMA-Edexcel-web2.swf

First Class Requirements

You should bring along an A4 writing pad as well as a selection of pens, a pencil, highlighter/s. You will also need to purchase a Scientific calculator – preferably one of the Casio FX series which will cost in the region of c£9.00 – though if you already have a Scientific calculator, it should suffice for the course. Please discuss this with your tutor. You should also purchase the text book – New AQA Science GCSE Science A Student book by J Breithaupt, A Fullick, L Ryan ISBN-10: 1408508222 ISBN-13: 978-1408508220. You need to bring these resources with you to each session unless directed by the tutor.

Attendance Requirements

Your attendance is required at each and every session. You are expected to have 100% attendance. If you feel you can’t commit to this expected level of attendance, then you should consider whether this is a suitable course for you. If you are unable to attend any one session then you are asked to notify the tutor in advance so that they can liaise with you on the work and topics which will be covered during that session. We must stress though that attendance at every session is important for you as a learner and for your tutor as well as your class mates as it ensures continuity in the teaching and consequently in your learning.

Assessment Methods

Your assessment is through 3 x 60 minute exam papers on different nationally set days. You will sit the three exam papers in January 2018. Please note the exam dates and times will be different to your class day and time. Each paper is worth 25% of the marks and the controlled assessment is worth 25% of the marks. You must attend the dates set for controlled assessment, as set by the tutor. There is one controlled assessment, consisting of planning and carrying out an investigation and two written tests in class time.

Further Study Options

GCSE Science at Grade C is an entry requirement for a significant number of HE courses and in particular Teacher Training courses. It is also a qualification required and sought by a significant number of employers

Additional Information

Please be aware that there is a significant level of commitment required of you in order to successfully complete this course. If you are willing to commit to the course and the college in this way then we will support you through the course.

You will be expected to do at least 3 to 4 hours of homework per week.

You should be aware that the college has limited laboratory facilities. Hence this course is for the most part theoretical with limited experimental.

You will sit the GCSE Science exams in January 2018. Please note that there are no resit opportunities offered for this syllabus after January 2018.

Please note that there are no classes for this course over the summer break, i.e. your last class in July will be on 13 July 2017 and your next class will be on 14 September 2017.