Science is offered at Single Award and Double Award level at GCSE.
It's easy to forget that Science is everywhere: just about everything, from the mobile
phones that we use, to the gel we put on our hair, involves Science somehow.
Science gives you the best options to expand your career opportunities, whatever path
you take. The analytical, problem-solving skills you gain from studying Science are quite possibly the most useful skills you can get and employers are always keen to take on people with a Science
CCEA Double Award Science
The Double Award Science Course at GCSE incorporates the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works. The specification allows students to develop transferable skills that will benefit them.
Biology Unit 1 (B1):Living Processes and Biodiversity
|An externally assessed written examination||11%||November of Year 11|
|Chemistry Unit 1 (C1): Structures, Trends and Chemical Reactions||An externally assessed written examination||11%||February of Year 11|
|Physics Unit 1 (P2): Force and Motion, Energy, Moments, and Radioactivity||An externally assessed written examination||11%||Summer of Year 11|
|Biology Unit 2 (B2): Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health||An externally assessed written examination||14%||Summer of Year 12|
|Chemistry Unit 2 (C2): Further Chemical Reactions and Organic Chemistry||An externally assessed written examination||14%||Summer of Year 12|
|Physics Unit 2 (P2): Waves, Sound and Light, Electricity, and the Earth and Universe||An externally assessed written examination||14%||Summer of Year 12|
|Practical Skills Unit: Controlled Assessment||Students complete two tasks from a choice of six. Teachers mark the tasks which are then moderated by CCEA.||25%||Throughout Year 11 and 12.|
CCEA Single Award Science
This Single Award Science course encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages them to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provides insights into and experience of how Science works. It enables students to engage with Science and to make informed decisions both about further study in Science and related subjects and about their careers.
The single award specification includes four units as detailed below:
Unit 1: Biology
Section A : Staying AliveSection B: Human Activity and Health
|Externally assessed written examination||25%||February of Year 11|
Unit 2: Chemistry
Section A: Chemical Patterns and our EnvironmentSection B: Materials and Their Management
|Externally assessed written examination||25%||November of Year 12|
Unit 3: Physics
Section A: Electricity, Waves and CommunicationSection B: Fossil Fuels, Road Transport and Safety, Radioactivity and Earth in Space
|Externally assessed written examination||25%||Summer of Year 12|
|Practical Skills Unit: Controlled Assessment||Students complete one task from a choice of two. Teachers mark the tasks and moderation by CCEA||25%||Throughout Year 11 and Year 12|