Dual Science

GCSE Science A enables students to study science at Key Stage 4 for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not.  We will be completing Route 2 in the above GCSE which entails taking combined exams in biology, chemistry and physics, together with the Controlled Assessment. The course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science

aim and objectuves

Where possible our students will link their Science work to real life vocational briefs which are guided by the AQA framework

YEAR 10

Course Title:  AQA specification Science A, Route 2

yEAR 11

Course Title:  AQA Specification Additional Science, Route 2


The plans for Both years use keywords and meanings to underpin
answering QWC questions.  Revision techniques are regularly discussed
with both years and both have access to revision resources


YOUR ROUTE THROUGH THE COURSE:

YEAR 10

The students in Year 10 are taught science using the AQA specification Science A, Route 2

The course is two combined exams (Unit 1 and Unit 2) in biology, chemistry and physics plus the controlled assessment

Unit 1 is 35% of the marks and consists of structured and closed questions, at least one question assessing the Quality of Written Communication in a science context.  Unit 1 assesses Biology 1 (B1.1 to B1.3) Chemistry 1 (C1.1 to C1.4) Physics 1 (P1.1 to P1.3)

Unit 2 is 40% of the marks and consists of structured and closed questions, at least one question assessing the Quality of Written Communication in a science context.  Unit 2 assesses Biology 1 (B1.4 to B1.8) Chemistry 1 (C1.5 to C1.7) Physics 1 (P1.4 to P1.5)

The controlled assessment is 25% of the marks.  It consists of an Investigative Skills Assignment, which consists of two written assessments, practical working and data processing

 In addition to the diverse topics, the course is taught so that students have the knowledge
and understanding of “How Science Works’ in anticipation of executing practicals

 

YEAR 11

The students in Year 11 are taught science using the AQA specification Additional Science, Route 2

The course is two combined exams Unit 5 Additional Science 1 and Unit 6 Additional Science 2 in biology, chemistry and physics plus the controlled assessment

Unit 5 is 35% of the marks and consists of structured and closed questions, at least one question assessing the Quality of   Written Communication in a science context.  Unit 5 assesses Biology 2 (B2.1 to B2.4), Chemistry 2 (C2.1 to C2.3) Physics 2 (P2.1 to P2.3)

Unit 6 is 40% of the marks and consists of structured and closed questions, at least one question assessing the Quality of   Written Communication in a science context.  Unit 6 assesses Biology 2 (B2.5 to B2.8) Chemistry 2 (C2.4 to C2.7), Physics 2 (P2.4 to P2.6)

The controlled assessment is 25% of the marks.  It consists of an Investigative Skills Assignment, which consists of two written assessments, practical working and data processing

 The students are currently being taught both the year 10 and year 11 courses.  An understanding of
“How Science Works” is incorporated regularly to underpin the fundamental basis of science practicals


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CAREERS THAT INVOLVE SCIENCE

  • Marine Biologist
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Park Ranger
  • Meteorologist

Exam Board

The Dual Science exam board we use is AQA and below you will find links to the current specification

2015 – New specification

Controlled Assessment

The Controlled Assessment is not tiered and the full range of grades 9-1 is available to candidates for this unit.  For the other units, candidates take either the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier.  For candidates entered for the Foundation Tier, grades 4-1 are available; for candidates entered for the Higher Tier, 9-3 are available

UNIT 4

Assessment: 25%

Controlled Assessment – Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus practical work and data processing

 

UNIT 5

Assessment: 35%

Written Paper, structured and closed questions

Assesses Biology 1 (B1.1 to B1.3)
Biology 1 (B1.1 to B1.3) covers the topics of Keeping Healthy; Nerves and Hormones and the use and abuse of Drugs;

Assesses Chemistry 1 (C1.1 to C1.4)
Chemistry 1 (C1.1 to C1.4) covers the topics – The fundamental ideas in chemistry; Limestone and Building Materials; Metals and their uses and Crude Oil and fuels

Assesses Physics 1 (P1.1 to 1.3)
Physics 1 (P1.1 to P1.3) covers the topics – The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred; Energy and Efficiency and The usefulness of electrical appliances

 

UNIT 6

Assessment: 40%

Written Paper, structured and closed questions

Assesses Biology 1 (B1.4 to B1.8)
Biology 1 (B1.4 to B1.8) covers the topics of Interdependence and Adaptation; Energy and biomass in food chains; Waste materials from plants and animals; Genetic variation and its control and Evolution

Assesses Chemistry 1 (C1.5 to C1.7)
Chemistry 1 (C1.5 to C1.7) covers the topics of Other useful substances from crude oil; Plant oils and their uses and Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

Assesses Physics 1 (P1.4 to P1.5)
Physics 1 (P1.4 to P1.5) covers the topics of Methods we use to generate electricity and the use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

 

How Science Works

In further detail, students will be tested on How Science Works in both written papers and the Controlled Assessment.  Science attempts to explain the world in which we live. A scientifically literate person should, among other things, be equipped to question and engage in debate; and use evidence in decision making.  Students will be expected to make observations, design experiments, make measurements and present data.  They must be able to use such data to draw conclusions and evaluate their findings.  Societal aspects of scientific evidence will be scrutinised, together with its’ limitations


Course Leader

Anna Travis

I recently joined Manchester Creative Studio as a Science teacher. I love teaching science as it’s all about discovering new things about the world we live in today and discussing how a scientist’s initial idea turns into a theory – but science doesn’t have the answer for everything!  What we don’t know is as interesting as what we do know!  It’s up to future generations of scientists to find solutions.
When I read MC Studio’s website it mirrored my views on education, work ethic and above all, the need for fun and creative ideas to fully engage students. I have high expectations of the students and really enjoy building relationships which will instill a love of life-long learning and ensure students can make informed decisions about scientific matters as adults