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Applied Double Science

Introduction

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

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.


Assessment

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.

 

Year 10

External Summer Exam

Unit 1:  ENERGY, RESOURCES and the ENVIRONMENT

 

Includes units on respiration, electricity, energy, water and our planet

 

22.5%

Unit 2: SPACE, HEALTH and LIFE

 

 

Includes units on the universe, nutrients, human health and fitness

 

22.5%

Year 11 External Summer Exam Unit 3: FOOD, MATERIALS and PROCESSES

 

Includes units on materials, food, chemical reactions and nuclear reactions

 

25%

Unit 4: TASK BASED ASSESSMENT

 

 

Activity-based assessment where learners carry out a planned practical activity and produce risk assessments

 

20%

Year 11 Practical Exam Unit 5: Practical Assessment

 

10%


Progression

It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further study and training opportunities in applied science.