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Students choosing Single or Double Science in their Year 9 options will study for either one or 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 first of these.
Single Science students will complete only GCSE Science, over two years of study. Double Science students, with twice as many lessons of Science each week, will complete GCSE Science in Year 10 (and then move on to GCSE Additional Science in Year 11).
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. Please note that this means that Double Science students have two real, external GCSE examinations in the June of Year 10.
The remaining 25% comes from a short piece of assessed practical work completed in class during the year (a “Controlled Assessment”).
External examination dates for Year 10 Double Science students:
Unit 5 (SCA1HP or SCA1FP): Tuesday 16th May 2017 PM (1hr 30mins)
Unit 6 (SCA2HP or SCA2FP): Wednesday 24th May 2017 PM (1hr 30mins)
Students must submit a single Controlled Assessment, worth 25% of their GCSE 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 10 for Double Science, during Year 11 for Single Science), students will be taken off timetable for the day to complete a GCSE 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).
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 Science has four items on it:
An entry for the Unit 5 exam, either Higher Tier or Foundation Tier: SC1HP or SC1FP;
An entry for the Unit 6 exam, either Higher Tier or Foundation Tier: SC2HP or SC2FP;
An entry for the Controlled Assessment: SC4P;
A Route 2 “cash in” code, requesting that a GCSE Additional Science certificate be issued for the qualification: 4406
Single Science students have two Science teachers, Double Science students have three. Between them, they will cover the biology, chemistry, physics and Controlled Assessment over the course of the year.
Single Science: Roughly half of the specification content will be completed by the end of Year 10, 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 of Year 11.
Double Science: 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 after 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 the 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 B1.1 to B1.3, C1.1 to C1.4, and P1.1 to P1.3. These sections are described on pages 15 to 24, 34 to 43, and 51 to 55 of the specification.
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
June 2012 | Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
January 2012 | Paper | Mark scheme | Examiners’ report | Grade boundaries
This paper covers sections B1.4 to B1.8, C1.5 to C1.7, and P1.4 to P1.5. These sections are described on pages 25 to 33, 44 to 50, and 56 to 61 of the specification.
At Fallibroome, we choose for the GCSE 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 1” 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 1 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 Science A revision guide
Revise AQA: GCSE Science A workbook