Studying the GCSE Applied Science (Double Award) provides insight into, and experience of how science works whilst stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to develop an understanding of science, its applications and its relationship to the individual and society. It should also prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further study and training opportunities in applied science.
The course is split into two units with two specialised teachers teaching the subjects.
The course is allocated 9 hours of lesson time a fortnight.
All units will be tested throughout the two years with external summer exams, a task based assessment and a practical assessment. All exams are 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 80 marks.
External Summer Exam
|Unit 1: ENERGY, RESOURCES and the ENVIRONMENT
Includes units on respiration, electricity, energy, water and our planet
|Unit 2: SPACE, HEALTH and LIFE
Includes units on the universe, nutrients, human health and fitness
|Year 11 External Summer Exam||Unit 3: FOOD, MATERIALS and PROCESSES
Includes units on materials, food, chemical reactions and nuclear reactions
|Unit 4: TASK BASED ASSESSMENT
Activity-based assessment where learners carry out a planned practical activity and produce risk assessments
|Year 11 Practical Exam||Unit 5: Practical Assessment
It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further study and training opportunities in applied science.