GCSE Science

GCSE Science

Subject Area: GCSEs

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of key concepts in science develop practical skills, and also skills in applying scientific methodology, interpreting data and evaluating evidence. The course is organised into four units: chemistry, physics, biology and practical skills/data interpretation, each carrying 25% of the overall marks.

The chemistry, physics and biology units are each assessed at the end of the course with a one-hour examination comprising short answer questions. The practical skills/data interpretation unit will be assessed through the presentation of data obtained from a practical investigation and an associated written test.

The course will provide practice in the skills required by the practical unit and two opportunities for assessment. The subject matter will be covered by spending approximately one term on each science subject. Chemistry covers the structure of matter and resources from limestone, metal ores, crude oil and plant oils. It also looks at the structure of the planet and its atmosphere. Physics covers types of matter and energy, and how energy can be transferred or transformed, including the generation of electricity. It also looks at some aspects of cosmology such as the Big Bang theory. Biology covers internal communication in plants and animals, the use and abuse of drugs, organisms’ adaptations to their environments, ecological cycles, genetic variation and evolution.

You must be aged 19 or over at the time of enrolment.

  • Start Date: Sep, 2016
  • Attendance: Part-time
  • Duration: 33 Weeks
  • Course Code: TSC52E0

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or older and have a D grade in GCSE Science or successfully complete a paper based screening assessment.

Next Steps

Career Opportunities:

Many students progress onto higher level courses as detailed below, but for many, the course contributes to the qualification base required for a career change into areas such as health and social care and employment as a science-technician.

Course Progression:

Upon successful completion of this course, students have progressed onto teacher training, nursing and other health-related degree courses, and HE Access courses.

Tuition Costs

The tuition fee is £432.00. You may be entitled to fee remission if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance and are in the work related activity group, or if you are unemployed and receiving any state benefits not mentioned, and are seeking to enter employment. Fee concessions may also apply if is your first full level 2 course.

For further information please contact our Student Support team on 01473 382738 or email support@suffolk.ac.uk.

Additional Costs

Students are strongly advised to purchase the textbook, ISBN 978-1-4085-0822-0, otherwise there are no additional costs.

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