GCSE Separate Sciences

What will I learn?

Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For those students who have proven ability and a healthy curiosity of the scientific world, and are potentially considering a university course or career in the Sciences then the separate Science GCSEs are recommended. This will mean students will obtain three separate GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each of which will be a separate GCSE.

Separate Sciences go beyond Combined Science and allows you to study topics in greater breadth and depth.

What are the entry requirements?

We recommend that all students whose teachers’ assessment is a level 6 or above will be entered for Single Sciences. Although, if students are passionate about science and are willing to take on the extra work, they can complete the course at a foundation level.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be using the new 9-1 grading system, replacing the A*-G. The foundation tiers will cover grades 1–5 and the higher, grades 4-9. There are no controlled assessments in the new science qualification however the questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 15% of the assessments. The exam will be 3.5 hours per subject with the biology paper carrying a 10%, chemistry 20% and physics 30% mathematical assessment.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for progression onto A level sciences, however if you are interested in taking a science at A level then the Single Sciences option is advised, due to additional skills and content covered.

The development of science in a modern society is essential for economic growth. It increasingly plays a part in our everyday lives. The list of career opportunities is almost endless. They range from the medical profession, i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, public health and dentistry, to construction engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Opportunities also occur in computing, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. Scientists also form an important part of the aerospace industry, industrial chemical manufacturing, textiles and car industry.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact:  suzanne.squair@biddenham.beds.sch.uk and karl.walker@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Exam board :

OCR Biology

OCR Chemistry

OCR Physics