GCSE Science
Year 10 Science teaching schedule 2020-2021 Year 10 Science teaching schedule 2020-2021


Year 11 Science teaching schedule 2020-2021 Year 11 Science teaching schedule 2020-2021


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GCSE Science
As a core subject, all students take science at GCSE. Students can choose to take combined science, which contains equal amounts of biology, chemistry and physics. This way they earn two GCSEs. Alternatively, students can choose to take separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics, thus earning 3 GCSEs. Students at Launceston College make their choice in the spring of Year 9, along with their other GCSE option choices.

Combined science
Most of our students follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course which results in two GCSE grades in science. Students have 10 hours of science lessons over a fortnight throughout Years 10 and 11. Most of these students will have the same teacher throughout their study of GCSE science. The subject is 100% exam assessed, which are taken in the summer of Year 11.

Separate sciences
Students may choose to study for separate science GCSE’s, resulting in an individual grade for biology, chemistry and physics. In this route, students will have 15 hours per fortnight of science lessons, divided as 5 hours per fortnight of each subject. In addition to this, we also offer around 25 selected students the opportunity to complete a fast track approach, where they will have 10 hours per fortnight of science, enabling them to complete an additional GCSE in another subject. Again, these courses are 100% exam assessed, taken in the summer of Year 11.

The GCSE syllabus requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the chemical properties of elements and compounds in terms of structure and bonding, including metallic, ionic and covalent bonds and forces between molecules
  • the chemical properties of elements related to their atomic structure and their position in the periodic table
  • chemical analysis using detection and separation techniques
  • the relationship between work and energy, and changes in gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy
  • electrical circuits, including the relationships between power, current and voltage and resistance, current and voltage
  • Newton’s laws of motion and their theoretical and practical uses
  • calculating changes in the velocity and acceleration of organisations acted on by forces, including momentum
  • radioactivity, sources of background radiation and the effects of ionising radiations
  • radioactive decay, half-life, fission and fusion
  • the structure of cells, including plant, animal and microbial cells
  • fieldwork techniques to explore the relationships between communities of organisms and their environments
  • the structure and function of DNA and its role in protein synthesis
  • photosynthesis and respiration
  • how organisms have changed through time.