International Schools Group (ISG)

Curriculum

Science

Dual Award Science 2011 - 2013

This gives students the opportunity to attain 2 Science GCSE’s. They gain a GCSE in Science at the end of year 10 and then a second Additional science GCSE at the end of year 11. Both GCSE’s involve the study of a unit in Biology, Physics and Chemistry and all the associated practical skills.

Together these GCSE’s prepare the students to progress into Individual Science courses for GCE Advanced level and for the IB Higher level diploma program.

In Year 10 Science, the topics studied are:

  • Biology Unit 1 – Influences on Life, 1 hour paper 25%. (details here)
  • Chemistry Unit 1 – Chemistry in our World, 1 hour paper 25% (details here)
  • Physics Unit 1 – Universal Physics, 1 hour paper 25% (details here)

Each of the three units will be externally examined in a 1 hour paper and account for 25% each of the total grade. The papers are tiered for Foundation level to attain a grade C to G and a Higher level to attain an A* to a grade D so that students can achieve to their highest level.

There is a controlled practical assessment which will make up the further 25% of the total grade. The practical assessment is externally set, internally graded and then externally moderated. The students will carry out the practical during school time. The students will be assessed on the following tasks: Planning, Observations and Conclusions. This is not Tiered.

The students will be able to take the exams in March and June 2013.

In Year 11 Additional Science, the topics studied are:

  • Biology Unit 2 - The components of Life, 1 hour paper 25%
  • Chemistry Unit 2 - Discovering Chemistry, 1 hour paper 25%
  • Physics Unit 2 - Physics for the future, 1 hour paper 25%

Each of the three units will be externally examined in a 1 hour paper and account for 25% each of the total grade. The papers are tiered for Foundation level to attain a grade C to G and a Higher level to attain an A* to a grade D so that students can achieve to their highest level.

There is a controlled practical assessment which will make up the further 25% of the total grade. The practical assessment is externally set, internally graded and then externally moderated. The students will carry out the practical during school time. The students will be assessed on the following tasks: Planning, Observations and Conclusions. This is not Tiered.