Science Additional and Core

Please see the Annual Overviews below for more detail.

At Penryn College there are 2 pathways studied in science:

Pathway 1: Core and Additional Science.

Students are assessed at the end of Year 11 and will gain 2 GCSEs. One titled Science A (Core Science) and the other titled Additional Science. Students in Year 10 will be taught the content for Science A by one science teacher. They will then continue with this teacher through Year 11. The units that make up both GCSEs are taught on rotation. This means that staff are not all teaching the same unit at the same time.

GCSE Science A gives students a good basic knowledge of science by studying a single unit from each of the core sciences. Students take three separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with a controlled assessment. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills.

GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. Students take three separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics along with a controlled assessment. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills. At the end of Year 11, students who take the core and additional science route will have to sit a total of 6 exams in June and complete 2 separate controlled assessments.

Year 10 – Core Science

Topic: Physics Unit 1
1. Kinetic theory
2. Energy transfer by heating (conduction, convection and Infrared)
3. Heating and insulation
4. Energy transfers and efficiency
5. Transferring electrical energy
6. Generating electricity
7. The national grid
8. General properties of waves
9. Sound
10. Red shift
Topic: Biology Unit 1
1. Keeping healthy
2. Nerves and hormones
3. The use and abuse of drugs
4. Interdependence and adaptation
5. Energy and biomass in food chains
6. Waste minerals from plans and animals
7. Genetic variation and control
8. Evolution

Topic: Chemistry Unit 1
1. Atoms
2. Periodic table
3. Uses of limestone
4. Traditional methods extracting metals
5. Alloys and properties of metals
6. What are crude oil and hydrocarbons?
7. Using hydrocarbons as fuels.
8. Other useful substances from oil (cracking)
9. Polymers and plastics
10. Energy in plant oils and saturated and unsaturated oils.
11. Emulsions
12. The Earth’s Crust
13. The Earth’s Atmosphere

Topic: Core Science Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment
1. Plan practical ways to develop and test candidate’s own scientific ideas.
2. Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
3. Collect primary and secondary data
4. Select and process primary and secondary data
5. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
6. Use of scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations.

Topic: Additional Science Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment
1. Plan practical ways to develop and test candidate’s own scientific ideas.
2. Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
3. Collect primary and secondary data
4. Select and process primary and secondary data
5. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
6. Use of scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations.

Year 11 – Additional Science

Topic: Physics Unit 2
1. Resultant forces
2. Forces and motion
3. Forces and breaking
4. Forces and terminal velocity
5. Forces and elasticity
6. Forces and energy
7. Momentum
8. Static electricity
9. Electric circuits
10. Household electricity
11. Current, charge and power
12. Atomic structure
13. Nuclear fission and fusion

Topic: Biology Unit 2
1. Cells and simple cell transport
2. Tissues, organs and organ systems
3. Photosynthesis
4. Organisms and their environment
5. Proteins – their function and uses
6. Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
7. Cell division and inheritance
8. Speciation

Topic: Chemistry Unit 2
1. Ionic and covalent bonding.
2. Covalent structures and molecules.
3. Ionic compounds and structures.
4. Relating structure of metals to their properties.
5. Relating the structure of polymers to their properties and uses.
6. Nano-technology.
7. Atomic structure and isotopes.
8. Instrumental methods of identifying substances.
9. Calculating relative formula mass, percentage mass and percentage yields.
10. Empirical formulas and reversible reactions.
11. Rates of reaction.
12. Uses of exothermic and Endothermic reactions.
13. Reactions between acids and bases.
14. Making and extracting salts.
15. Electrolysis

Topic: Revision

Topic: GCSE Exams