SEPARATE SCIENCE (BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS) Subject title Exam board Exam board specification number Entry level Setting arrangements Time allowance each fortnight GCSE Biology B, Chemistry B, Physics B OCR Biology J263 Chemistry J264 Physics J265 Attainment in Y9 Set groups Year 11: 2 x 1 hour; 2x 1.5 hours Assessment and coursework Types of Assessment External exams All examinations Foundation & Higher tier B733, B743, B753 – Controlled Assessment Timings of assessments B731, B741, B751 , B732, B742, B752 are taken in the Summer Series of Y11; no resits possible. Controlled assessment is conducted in class in year 10 and year 11 and is submitted in the Summer Series of year 11. Nature of assessments B731, B741, B751 - 35% of the total Science GCSE marks for each science 1h 15minute written paper Candidates answer all questions. B732, B742, B752 - 40% of the total Science GCSE marks for each science 1h 30minute written paper Candidates answer all questions. B733, B743, B753 - 25% of the total Science GCSE marks for each science Approx 7 hours - One continued assessment task for each Science, ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Assessed by teachers, internally standardised and then externally moderated by OCR Topics covered during the course B731 topics B1 – Understanding Organisms; B2 – Understanding Our Environment; B3 – Living and Growing B732 topics B4 – It’s a Green World; B5 – the Living Body; B6 – Beyond the Microscope B741 topics C1 – Carbon Chemistry; C2 – Chemical Resources; C3 – Chemical Economics B742 topics C4 – The Periodic Table; C5 - How Much?; C6 – Chemistry Out There B751 topics P1 – Energy for the home; P2 – Living for the future; P3 – Forces for transport B752 topics P4 – Radiation for Life; P5 – Space for Reflection; P6 – Electricity For Gadgets Skills developed during the course Knowledge and understanding of science and how science works; application of skills, knowledge and understanding and practical enquiry and data-handling skills. Home study Expected time allocation for the subject 2x45 minutes each week; there may be a higher workload during times when preparation for controlled assessment is being done; no student should spend more than three hours a week at home on this subject. Help for home study All topics are covered on the VLE and contain PowerPoints, activity sheets, word documents and links to websites to help consolidate the subject knowledge. Additional support for the course You may like to use the following sources to support your learning during the course Revision guide Lonsdale OCR Gateway GCSE Additional Science revision and Classroom Companion – (New version ISBN not yet known) Other sources of help Students can seek out subject teachers at anytime to ask for support or help with topic areas. Additional information about the course The coursework is carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom but research for these tasks may be carried out at home.