Course Overview

The course provides a flexible approach to learning. The course is divided into topics, each covering different key
concepts of biology, chemistry and physics. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and you are assessed through the written papers.
 
OCR’s GCSE in Combined Science A (Gateway Science) will encourage you to:
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them you answer scientific questions about the world around you
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop your ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

 

Course Structure

Biology A:

  • B1: Cell Level Systems
  • B2: Scaling up
  • B3: Organism level systems
  • B4: Community level systems
  • B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
  • B6: Global challenges
  • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.

Chemistry A:

  • C1: Particles
  • C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • C3: Chemical reactions
  • C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
  • C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • C6: Global challenges
  • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.

 Physics A

  •  P1: Matter
  • P2: Forces
  • P3: Electricity and magnetism
  • P4: Waves and radioactivity
  • P5: Energy
  • P6: Global challenges
  •  CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
 

Entry Requirements

3s in GCSE Combined or Separate Sciences, at least 3 in English language and GCSE mathematics.
 

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science A (Gateway Science) specification is designed with a concept-led approach and provides a flexible way of teaching.
 
  •  is laid out clearly in a series of teaching topics with guidance included where required to provide further advice on delivery  
  • is co-teachable with the GCSE (9–1) in: Biology A (Gateway Science), Chemistry A (Gateway Science) and Physics A (Gateway Science)
  • embeds practical requirements within the teaching topics
  •  identifies opportunities for carrying out practical activities that enhance learners’ understanding of science theory and practical skills
  • highlights opportunities for the introduction of key mathematical requirements (see Appendix 5e and the To include column for each topic) into your teaching
  • identifies, within the Working scientifically column, how the skills, knowledge and understanding of working scientifically (WS) can be incorporated within teaching

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment Method 100% Externally Assessed.
OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science A (Gateway Science) consists of six examined papers (2 biology, 2 chemistry, 2physics) that are externally assessed.
Each Paper is a 1 hour 10 minutes 60 mark written paper 16.7% of total GCSE.
 
Section A contains multiple choice questions. This section of the paper is worth 10 marks.
Section B includes short answer question styles and an extended six-mark Level of Response question. This section of the paper is worth 50 marks.
 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].
https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/study/adult-students/fees