If you like doing science practicals and you prefer coursework to exams then this is the course for you; 50% of your final grade comes from the three exam units and 50% of your final grade comes from the three coursework units.
During this course you will be able to:
- practice experimental scientific techniques and explore how they’re applied in industry;
- follow a balanced science curriculum covering biology, chemistry and physics;
- plan and carry out a scientific investigation;
- explore ways in which topical scientific issues (such as cloning and fracking) are presented in the media;
- gain ideas about employment opportunities in science and prepare for courses in higher and further education.
|Unit||Unit title and brief description||Area of science that you will study|
Key concepts in science
Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Applied experimental techniques – Coursework
Experimental techniques in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Science in the modern world – Exam
Investigate topical scientific issues.
The human body – Exam
The digestive system.
Investigating science – Coursework
How to plan and carry out an investigation.
Medical physics – Coursework
The use of diagnostic techniques, such as X-rays and ultrasound
Where the course leads
Past students have gone on to study the following at university:
- paramedic science,
- environmental science
- forensic science
- sports science (and related degrees)
Other students have entered the world of work, joined the armed forces or secured higher level apprenticeships.
- Grade 4 or above in Science at GCSE
- Grade 4 or above in English & Maths at GCSE
- The ability to work independently on written projects.
- A good level of written English.
- The work ethic needed to improve coursework (the ability and commitment to work independently) as well as good research skills.
Exam board: AQA
For further advice contact: Miss Stewart
On Monday 18th November, 27 keen year 11 science students visited us from the Swanage School. They took part in four 25 minute workshops on Applied Science, Physics, Biology and Chemistry, giving a taste of the science post 16 options available at The Purbeck School. As well as being given information about the subjects, students used diffraction gratings to look at a sodium lamp, constructed molecules of glucose and carried