OCR Science GCSE courses

OCR Science GCSE courses

OCR, unlike the other exam boards, offers two separate sets (suits) of science courses – 21st Century Science (Science A) and Gateway Science (Science B). They cover similar material, but you could say that Gateway, which has the strapline “Science in Action”, is more concerned with teaching science in the context of our daily lives, whereas the 21st Century strapline is “Science today for the scientists of tomorrow.”

Below – links to details of each course and to the controlled assessments.

21st Century Science

Science A – also known as Core Science – usually taken in year 10, but in many school started in year 9.
Additional Science A – Taken after core science for those wishing to get a second science GCSE or going on to triple science.
Further Additional Science A – Taken as  third science GCSE. Consists of the third modules from the separate sciences.
Biology A – A single GCSE in Biology made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.
Chemistry A – A single GCSE in Chemistry made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.
Physics A – A single GCSE in Physics made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.

Gateway science

Science B
Additional Science B
Further Additional Science B
Biology B
Chemistry B
Physics B

Controlled Assessments

Student’s guide to the controlled assessments

General guide to the controlled assessments

Examples of student’s work and how they were marked.

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