Edexcel GCSE in Science – 2SC01
The GCSE Science is particularly useful as it is a key requirement for many jobs. If you’re looking to get into college or university they’ll prove essential, and passes in English, Science (either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science) and Mathematics usually at Grade C are also required for an increasingly large number of jobs.
Through studying Science you will learn that it is about thinking logically and being able to apply the principles you learn to everyday situations.
The Edexcel GCSE in Science comprises four units:
- Unit B1
- Unit C1
- Unit P1
- Science Controlled Assessment(SCA)
Each unit is 25% of total GCSE. Candidates can be entered for Foundation (Grades C – G) or higher (A* – C) tiers
Each of the units( P1, C1 and B1) are externally assessed through a one hour, 60 mark (25%), tiered written examination containing six questions. The examination will contain a mixture of question styles, including objective questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions. These papers will only available in June.
Practical investigations in this unit
Within this unit, students will develop an understanding of the process of scientific investigations, including that investigations:
- use hypotheses which are tested
- require assessment and management of risks
- require the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary evidence including the use of appropriate technology
- should include a review of methodology to assess fitness for purpose
- should include a review of hypotheses in the light of outcomes.
The controlled assessment task (CAT) for the GCSE in Science will be taken from a list supplied by Edexcel which will change every year.
Overview of Content
- Topic 1 Visible light and the Solar System
- Topic 2 The electromagnetic spectrum
- Topic 3 Waves and the Universe
- Topic 3 Waves and the Earth
- Topic 4 Generation and transmission of electricity
- Topic 5 Energy and the future
This unit is split into five compulsory topics:
- Topic 1 The Earth’s sea and atmosphere
- Topic 2 Materials from the Earth
- Topic 3 Acids
- Topic 4 Obtaining and using metals
- Topic 5 Fuels
- Topic 1 Classification, variation and inheritance
- Topic 2 Responses to a changing environment
- Topic 3 Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment
Science Controlled Assessment
The controlled assessment will be internally assessed under controlled conditions and the task changes every year. The total marks are 50 (25%). The task consists of three parts.
Part A is a planning activity
Part B is an observation, collecting primary and secondary evidence.
Part C consists of conclusions related to the primary and secondary evidence collected in Part B