The Science subjects in year 10 and 11 are Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students must study at least 1 science subject.
The IGCSE Science courses cover a wide range of topics. The content covers the requirements of both the core and extended papers (See below). Work is assessed by tests, homework and practicals. There are topic tests at the end of each section. All of these components go towards the final term grade. Students are given many opportunities to work on past paper questions and are encouraged to make full use of the available text books and study guides. Click on the + icon below to view more information.
The aims of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are as follows:
To provide, through well designed studies of experimental and practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to:
|Become confident citizens in a technological world, to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import.|
|Recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life.|
|Be suitably prepared for studies beyond the IGCSE level in pure sciences, in applied sciences or in a science dependent vocational course.|
|To develop abilities and skills that are relevant to the study and practice of Science, useful in everyday life, encourage efficient and safe practice and encourage effective communication.|
|Develop attitudes relevant to Science such as concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness.|
|Stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment.|
|Promote an awareness that:|
|Scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to do so, as a result of the co-operative activities of groups and individuals.|
|The study and practice of science is subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.|
|The applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment.|
|Science transcends national boundaries and that the language of science is universal.|
The 3 assessment objectives in Science subjects are knowledge with understanding, handling information and solving problems and experimental skills and investigations.
The syllabus content of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses is as follows:
Organisation and maintenance of the organism (cell structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, systems, movement in and out of cells, enzymes, animal and plant nutrition, photosynthesis, plant structure, digestion and absorption, transportation in plants and animals, respiration and excretion.
Co-ordination and response (Homeostasis, drugs and the classification of living organisms)
Inheritance and reproduction, sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and animals, chromosomes, mitosis and meiosis, selection, inheritance, genetic engineering, ecology, ecosystems, food chains and webs, nutrient cycles and populations.
Human impact on ecosystems.
Experimental techniques, particulate nature of matter, atoms, elements and compounds, periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical changes, chemical reactions, electricity and chemistry and organic chemistry.
Acids, bases and salts, metals, air and water, carbonates, sulphur and organic chemistry.
General Physics (length and time, speed, velocity and acceleration, forces, mass, scalars and vectors, energy and resources, work and power and pressure).
Thermal Physics (molecular kinetics, thermal properties and energy transfer).
Properties of waves (electromagnetic spectrum, light and sound).
Electricity and magnetism.
Electricity and Magnetism (electrical charge, electro-motive force, electric circuits, electromagnetism and oscilloscopes).
Atomic Physics (radioactivity and the nuclear atom).
Candidates are entered for three Papers from 2016 onwards, Paper 1 or 2 (Multiple choice), Paper 3 or 4 (Short essay style questions) and Paper 6 (Alternative to Practical). Candidates who have only studied the Core curriculum or who are expected to achieve a grade C or below will be entered for Paper 1, 3 and 6. Candidates who have studied the extended curriculum and who are expected to achieve a grade B or above will be entered for Paper 2, 4 and 6. Paper 1/2 are weighted at 30%, 3/4 at 50% and Paper 6 at 20% of the total grade.