Year 9 Options 20/21 - Separate Science

Examination Board:
Course Description:
The Separate Science course is for students that are interested in a broader and deeper knowledge of science.
The course develops scientific knowledge and understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology,
Chemistry and Physics. Students that chose Separate Science as a GCSE option will have additional science
lessons to study the extra content.
How will students learn?
The course is designed to develop a curiosity about the natural world and gives an insight into how science
works. Students will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, that helps
them to answer specific questions about the world around them. They will learn to apply observational,
practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory and in the field.
Due to the academic requirements of the subject, current attainment and attitude to learning will be
considered before enrolling students on this course.
How will the course be assessed?
Students will sit two papers for each science: a total of 6 papers at the end of Yr11. These papers are available
at foundation and higher tier. Each science equates to a single GCSE and students will be awarded 3 GCSEs:
1 x Biology, 1 x Chemistry and 1 x Physics.
Paper 1 for each science is 1 hour 45 minutes and equates to 50% of the separate science.
Paper 2 for each science is 1 hour 45 minutes and equates to 50% of the separate science.
Education Pathways after Year 11:
IB Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
A Level Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
A Level Psychology, Computer Science
Degree courses in: Biomedicine, Medicine, Dentistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science,
Veterinary Science, Psychology
Career Routes:
Science is a valuable qualification for a variety of post-16 options. Employers value the combination of logical
thinking, data handling, scientific knowledge, and rigour of a science qualification. Those considering careers
in construction, plumbing, or becoming an electrician will benefit from the knowledge and skills developed
with a science qualification. A wide range of professions require a science background, such as medicine,
dentistry, teaching, veterinary science, forensic science, space science, oceanography, lab technician,
nanotechnology, weather forecasting, optometry, toxicology, radiography, electrician, cosmetic science,
zoologist, environmental science, chemical engineering, petrochemicals. Food and drug companies also
require biochemists. Science is an important supporting subject in many of these career options.