GCSE Science

Course Information

  • Course Code: S070
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Part time

GCSE Science is an important qualification for entry to many careers including nursing, teaching and for entry to the Access to Healthcare Professions Diploma at Blackburn College.

What equipment will I need?

All GCSE students will require a pad of A4 wide-lined paper, a file to keep their work in, plastic wallets and dividers to keep their files organised. You should also bring pens and a highlighter pen to class.

All other equipment, including textbooks and access to our online learning resources, Kerboodle, is included in the £20 materials fee.

What do I need to bring to enrol?

On enrolment day, you will sit an assessment to check you are ready for study at this level. You do not need to bring anything for this assessment. You should bring any fees you will be paying (including the £20 materials fee) and, if you are eligible, you should bring proof of benefits. If you are on a low household income and wish to find out how much of the fee we may be able to help with, please call us as soon as possible so that your enrollment will not be delayed.

Please note: we are unable to reserve places on this course. To guarantee your place, you must have enrolled and paid the necessary fees

How do I apply?

Contact Student Services on 01254 292929 for an application form and further information. Assessments for GCSE courses are carried out between May & September. GCSE-level study is extremely popular and places are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

What will I study?

The course is divided into three units:
Unit 1 – Biology

  • How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment?
  • What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?
  • How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs?
  • What causes infectious disease and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
  • What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are?
  • Why are individuals of the same species different from each other?
  • What new methods do we have for producing plants and animals with the characteristics we prefer?

Unit 2 – Chemistry

  • How do rocks provide building materials?
  • How do rocks provide metals and how are metals used?
  • How do we get fuels from crude oil?
  • How are polymers and ethanol made from oil?
  • How can plant oils be used?
  • What are the changes in the Earth and its atmosphere?
  • Why have some species of plants and animals died out?
  • How do new species of plants and animals develop?
  • How do humans affect the environment?

Unit 3 – Physics

  • How is heat (thermal energy) transferred and what factors affect the rate at which heat is transferred?
  • What is meant by the efficient use of energy?
  • Why are electrical devices so useful?
  • How should we generate the electricity we need?
  • What are the uses and hazards of the waves that form the electromagnetic spectrum?
  • What are the uses and dangers of emissions from radioactive substances?
  • What do we know about the universe and how it continues to change?
Entry Requirements

Satisfactory completion of screening test/interview. 

How will I be assessed?
What can I do next?

GCSE Science opens many doors to you. You may use it for career progression, to progress to further study or for personal satisfaction.

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