|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
Students who opt to take science through this route will still have to study all three sciences at extended level.
The Science curriculum is delivered by Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialists, in separately timetabled classes. The aim of the course is to allow the students with a science oriented career to develop understanding and knowledge of the concepts, principles and applications of science. Through stimulating curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science, students should develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance. During the course, they will have the opportunity to develop good practical, analytical and evaluative skills and will learn to apply their mathematical skills in a practical context. On completion of the course, the students should be suitably prepared to embark upon post-16 studies in any of the pure and applied sciences.
- Characteristics and classification of living organisms
- Organisation of the organism
- Movement in and out of cells
- Biological molecules
- Plant nutrition
- Human nutrition
- Transport in plants
- Transport in animals
- Diseases and immunity
- Gas exchange in humans
- Excretion in humans
- Coordination and response
- Variation and selection
- Organisms and their environment
- Biotechnology and genetic engineering
- Human influences on ecosystems
At the start of year 10, all students taking the Single Science route will be following the extended syllabus.
There are three papers, all taken at the end of year 11.
Paper 1 (30% of total marks) (45 minutes) A multiple-choice paper.
Paper 3 (extended) (50% of total marks) (1 hour 15 mins) Short-answer and structured questions.
Paper 6 Alternative to practical (1 hour) Theory paper testing practical skills.
Careers and Progression
- better understand the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
- recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
- develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
- develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
- better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
- develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life. Other candidates beginning this course should have achieved an equivalent level of general education.