AQA GCSE Science. GCSE Science is changing. New specifications have been introduced for first teaching from September 2006. AQA GCSE Science.
GCSE Science is changing. New specifications have been introduced for first teaching from September 2006.
The new specifications reflect the need for students who do not continue beyond GCSE to get a practical grounding in the application of Science, and the need for students who will take Science further to gain the knowledge to do so.
How will it work?
Everyone will take the CORE GCSE Science*.This counts as one GCSE and is compulsory.
*except for those who take all three separate sciences or who take Applied Double Award
Around 80% of students are expected to do more than this. A number of options become available.
Students can take
+ ADDITIONAL = two GCSEs
+ ADDITIONAL APPLIED = two GCSEs
Students who wish to study SEPARATE SCIENCES must ensure that they cover the CORE GCSE. They can do this either by taking all three sciences for three GCSEs – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – or by taking the CORE GCSE plus one separate science of their choice.
The final option is that one Double Award option is still available:
Applied Double Award = two GCSEs
Hodder Murray is publishing books and support material for AQA GCSE Science by some of our bestselling and highly-regarded authors, and we are dedicated to providing you with high quality resources that meet the needs of you and your students.
All our authors are examiners for a major awarding body, teachers or authors.
Nigel Heslop is a key author of our successful Key Stage 3 course, Hodder Science.
Graham Hill is a bestselling author at GCSE of titles including Science for GCSE: Double Award, and Foundation Science for GCSE: Double Award and Chemistry Counts.
Stewart Chenery and Steve Witney are senior examiners for a major awarding body.
All our resources for AQA GCSE Science focus on real-life contexts. They place a strong emphasis on how Science works and engage students with up-to-date applications and ideas.
Core GCSE Science covers the compulsory element of the AQA specification and counts for one GCSE. It gives a grounding in the application of Science for all your students, whether they are budding scientists or need an understanding of science in everyday life.
Around 80% of students are expected to do more than the Core GCSE. Students can take:
Core GCSE + Additional GCSE = two GCSEs
Core GCSE + Additional Applied GCSE = two GCSEs
An Applied Double Award is available for two GCSEs, and covers the compulsory requirement at GCSE.
Students who wish to study Separate Sciences must ensure that they cover the Core GCSE. They can do this either by taking all three sciences for three GCSEs – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – or by taking the Core GCSE plus one separate science of their choice.
Biology + Chemistry + Physics = Three GCSEs
Core GCSE + Biology = Two GCSEs
Core GCSE + Chemistry = Two GCSEs
Core GCSE + Physics = Two GCSEs
To support the separate sciences:
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