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Science identifies the activities and experiences students will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. 
 

It provides an opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life and helps them answer questions about the world around them, helping them develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
 

Also it will help them develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Most students will follow this course.

 

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Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: AQA 2016
Specification Code: 8464/8461/8462/8463

 

Topics Covered

Before the end of Year 9 students will be allocated to either the Combined Science Trilogy pathway or the Triple Science Pathway. 
 

This will be based on their engagement, attitude and aptitude for science. Both courses allow student to progress onto A-Level science courses.  
 

Assessment

There are six written assessments; two for biology, two for chemistry and two for physics. 
 

Each assessment is 1 hour 15 minutes for Combined Science and 1 hour 45 minutes for Triple Science. 
There are also two tiers, foundation and higher. All papers are equally weighted.

Course Progression

This course and allows you to progress to Post 16 courses such as A Level biology, chemistry, physics and psychology at Swanshurst Sixth Form. 
 

To follow one or more of these courses you must achieve a grade 6 in either Combined Science or Triple Science. 
 

An alternative route is to choose to do the Level 3 BTEC applied science course here at Swanshurst Sixth Form. 

Career Opportunities

There are a host of careers in science including; Science Teaching, Toxicology, Pharmacologist, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Clinical Trials, Medical Sales, Patent Work, Environmental Health Doctor/Nursing, Medical Therapies, Engineering Research & Development, Forensic Science, Nuclear Power.