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This is a one year intensive course where you will study the AQA - GCSE Science (specification 8465) The lessons take place in a modern lab and give students an opportunity to develop their understanding and knowledge of science and relevant scientific skills. GCSE is a requirement or is of value in many jobs.

What can I do next?

The study of GCSE Science can lead to the study of the separate sciences at GCSE or at Advanced level studies in Science. It is also an important entry requirement for many higher level vocational qualifications or career paths. To apply please contact the Information Centre to complete your application form.

What will I be doing?

You will have your lessons in one of our science labs at Broxbourne campus. Some of your lessons will require you to take notes or prepare for them in advance. This is the reason for students needing to have a sufficiently strong level of English and Maths. Some of your lessons will be practical experiments. You will have homework which may be research, writing up experiments or completing written or mathematical assignments.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through four exams each worth 25% of the final mark. Each exam lasts for one hour and forty-five minutes and consists of a combination of multiple choice; structured; closed and open short answer questions.

The subject content is split into two sections which contain connections between the areas of biology; physics and chemistry that sit together as part of good science. LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: i) Building blocks ii)Transport over larger distances iii)Interactions with the environment iv) explaining change PHYSICAL SCIENCES v) Building blocks for understanding vi) Interactions over small and large distances vii) movement and interactions viii) Guiding Spaceship Earth to a sustainable future ix) Key ideas

Entry requirements?

We normally expect applicants to this course to have already achieved a Grade D / 3 at GCSE in a Science subject and A*-C / 9-4 in Mathematics and English. However, if you have not taken this GCSE course before, or have studied abroad, we may ask you to complete a short diagnostic test at the interview to help decide whether this course is suitable for you.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a file, paper and pens and computer / internet access. The course textbook: New GCSE Science A by Jim Breithaupt et al. Publisher - Nelson Thornes. Students are encouraged to use the College's Learning Resource Centre for their studies - especially if you do not have internet access at home.

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