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21 st Century Science. What is 21 st Century Science. This is a suite of GCSE qualifications that fulfils and goes beyond the KS4 science NC. It comprises of several different qualifications so learning is individualised throughout GCSE

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what is 21 st century science
What is 21st Century Science
  • This is a suite of GCSE qualifications that fulfils and goes beyond the KS4 science NC.
  • It comprises of several different qualifications so learning is individualised throughout GCSE
  • A science course that is up to date and informs pupils about the skills required to make informed and balanced judgements about scientific issues – ‘scientific literacy’
the courses
The courses

GCSE Additional


B4, B5, B6

C4, C5, C6

P4, P5, P6

GCSE Biology B7

GCSE Chemistry C7

GCSE Physics P7

GCSE Science

B1, B2, B3

C1, C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

For all students

For most students

For some students

Single Awards

Full range GCSEs

F and H tiers

triple sciences
Triple Sciences
  • Students start this during Year 9
  • Study both core and additional science and an extra unit for each of the sciences
  • Core units are taught in 6 week blocks
core science modules year 10
B1 You and Your Genes

B2 Keeping Healthy

B3 Life on Earth

C1 Air Quality

C2 Materials

C3 Chemicals in our lives

P1 Earth and Universe

P2 Radiation and life

P3 Sustainable Energy

Each module lasts 6 weeks (for core science groups it is 8 weeks)

Modules B1, C1 and P1 were taught in Year 9 to pupils

Core Science Modules Year 10
additional science year 11
B4 The Processes of Life

B5 Growth and Development

B6 Brain and Mind

C4 Chemical Patterns

C5 Chemicals of the natural environment

C6 Chemical Synthesis

P4 Explaining Motion

P5 Electric Circuits

P6 Radioactive Materials

Each module lasts 6 weeks

Additional Science Year 11
triple sciences1
Triple Sciences
  • Further Biology B7

Living organisms are interdependent, photosynthesis, Heterotrophic nutrition, new technologies & Human physiology

  • Chemistry for a sustainable world C7

Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters, Energy changes in chemistry, Reversible reactions and equilibria, analysis, green chemistry

  • Studying the universe P7

How do astronomers observe the sky?, How do telescopes work?, What are stars and galaxies?, What happens during the birth and death of a star? & How do astronomers work together?

triple sciences assessment
Triple Sciences Assessment

Example for Biology(Same for each of Chemistry and Physics)

  • B1, B2 & B3 25% (100/400)
  • B4, B5 & B6 25% (100/400)
  • B7 25% (100/400)

Controlled assessment unit

  • Full Investigation 25% (100/400)
  • Students take modules 1,2 and 3 in January of Year 10
  • Students take modules 4,5 and 6 in January of Year 11
  • Students take module 7 in June of Year 11
  • Coursework submitted in Autumn term of Year 11
year 10 science exam dates
Year 10 Science Exam Dates
  • B123 12th January
  • C123 18th January
  • P123 20th January
controlled assessment
Controlled Assessment
  • Pupils will complete 3 pieces of coursework (one for each Subject) in Autumn of Year 11; extra work will be required to be done at home to support the final write up, done under ‘high level’ of control
  • Work to be assessed is handed in after the double period when work is completed
  • Pupils will do mock investigations at the end of Year 10
revision guides
Revision Guides
  • Letter was given to all pupils at the beginning of term
  • Cost £18.00 for a pack
  • Includes revision guide, workbook and answer book for each subject
  • Or £10.50 for just the revision books
  • Spare letters available at the front
science in the media
Science in the Media
  • The course focuses on contemporary science issues such as those arising in the media.
  • Students would benefit from reading daily newspapers and accessing science sections of websites such as the BBC.
  • Magazines like Focus, New Scientist, Eureka are also very helpful