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Please note that, nationally, GCSEs in the sciences are changing from September 2016. As such the following is correct for Year 10 and 11, but will be different for Year 9. Year 9 students considering Double Science in their Options should see the GCSE Combined Science page instead.
Students choosing Double Science in their Year 9 Options will study for two “combined” science GCSEs, ie GCSEs that contain equal amounts of biology, chemistry and physics, but whose titles are generic. At Fallibroome, the exact courses followed are from the AQA exam board: AQA GCSE Science A Route 2 (4406) and AQA GCSE Additional Science Route 2 (4409). This page concerns the second of these.
Double Science students will complete GCSE Additional Science in Year 11, having already completed GCSE Science in Year 10.
The course combines elements of biology, chemistry and physics and these each account for 25% of the course credit, examined via two 90-minute exams (“Unit 5″ and “Unit 6″) at the end of the course. The remaining 25% comes from a short piece of assessed practical work completed in class during the year (a “Controlled Assessment”).
This assessment model is the same as for GCSE Science in Year 10.
External examination dates for Year 11 Double Science students:
Unit 5 (AS1HP or AS1FP): Friday 9th June 2017 AM (1hr 30mins)
Unit 6 (AS2HP or AS2FP): Friday 16th May 2017 AM (1hr 30mins)
All Year 11 Double Science students will sit a single 1-hour GCSE Additional Science mock examination during the Mocks in November. It will be split equally between Biology, Chemistry and Physics (20 marks for each) and can cover any of the material studied by the time the Mocks start.
Note: All students will sit a Higher Tier mock paper. We will use performance on this paper to decide the actual tier that we enter the students for, and so it is vital that all students prepare as fully as possible for their mocks, revising carefully and taking the exam itself seriously.
Students must submit a single Controlled Assessment, worth 25% of their GCSE Additional Science course credit. It takes about 7 hours to complete and involves some preliminary research, some practical work and two written tests.
On two dates during Year 11, students will be taken off timetable for the day to complete a GCSE Additional Science Controlled Assessment in its entirety. We will then submit the Controlled Assessment that produces the highest mark.
It is important to note that the grade boundaries on the Controlled Assessment are only 3 marks apart, meaning that just 6 marks (out of the 50 available for each Controlled Assessment) are actually worth half of an entire GCSE grade overall. While this is clearly a ridiculous situation, it is one that we must be very aware of: every mark counts! For this reason, we thoroughly prepare all students for their Controlled Assessments at school (and there is little that they can do at home in addition).
All of this is the same as for GCSE Science in Year 10.
Statement of Entry
The school enters students for their exams with the exam board and then students are given (usually around March) a Statement of Entry to check that no mistakes have been made. Please note that this final check is the students’ responsibility and that Fallibroome cannot be held accountable for any errors that are not picked up at this final stage.
A correct Statement of Entry for GCSE Additional Science has four items on it:
An entry for the Unit 5 exam, either Higher Tier or Foundation Tier: AS1HP or AS1FP;
An entry for the Unit 6 exam, either Higher Tier or Foundation Tier: AS2HP or AS2FP;
An entry for the Controlled Assessment: AS4P;
A Route 2 “cash in” code, requesting that a GCSE Additional Science certificate be issued for the qualification: 4409
Double Science students have three teachers. Between them, they will cover the biology, chemistry, physics and Controlled Assessment over the course of the year.
Roughly half of the specification content will be completed by January, at which point students will undertake a formal mock examination (a previous “Unit 5″ paper). While this will give valuable information about progress, it will also be used to decide whether to enter students for the higher or foundation tier examination papers.
A second mock examination will follow the end of the course, just before the Easter holiday.
Homework will be set on a regular basis by the teachers.
It is important to note, however, that in addition to whatever homework is set explicitly by teachers, all students need to develop the habit of reviewing their week’s study using a revision guide/workbook and/or the electronic textbook available via Kerboodle (see Useful Links, below). They should then see their teachers (outside of class is fine) to tackle any areas of misunderstanding.
Past Examination Papers
This paper covers sections B2.1 to B2.4, C2.1 to C2.3, and P2.1 to P2.3. These sections are described on pages 12 to 17, 28 to 36, and 44 to 52 of the specification.
Higher Tier (AS1HP)
June 2014 | Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
June 2013 | Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
January 2013 | Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
Foundation Tier (AS1FP)
January 2013: Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
This paper covers sections B2.5 to B2.8, C2.4 to C2.7, and P2.4 to P2.6. These sections are described on pages 18 to 27, 37 to 43, and 53 to 59 of the specification.
Higher Tier (AS2HP)
Foundation Tier (AS2FP)
January 2013 | Paper | Mark scheme | Grade boundaries
At Fallibroome, we choose for the GCSE Additional Science course to be examined through two 90-minute exam papers (“Unit 5” and “Unit 6” combined science papers); this is called Route 2. However, there is an alternative, called Route 1, which has three 60-minute exam papers instead (“Unit 2” separate biology, chemistry and physics papers). Although these papers aren’t the ones used at Fallibroome, the questions on them cover the same course material and can therefore be used in preparation for the Route 2 exams.
The Unit 2 papers can be found on the GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics pages, as they are sat by Fallibroome’s Triple Science students as components of their separate science GCSEs.
All students are issued with a username and password for Kerboodle, which provides a complete electronic copy of the course textbook used in class, together with worksheets, videos and animations. Fallibroome’s “institution code” (required to log in) is nrs0.
In the first couple of weeks of the course, we will process orders for revision guides and workbooks (the school can purchase them at a discounted price compared to the retail price in shops). These are optional, but many students find them helpful. The ones we offer are as follows, but there are many others available and there is very little difference between them:
Revise AQA: GCSE Additional Science revision guide
Revise AQA: GCSE Additional Science workbook