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Science forms part of the core curriculum for all students in their first three years at Ampleforth.

In Year 9 science subjects, our students start the IGCSE Science courses and are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.
In Years 10 and 11 students will either follow the GCSE AQA Double Award  Science course (Science and Additional Science) or a Triple Science IGCSE Edexcel course (Biology, Physics and Chemistry). In both cases, students are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.

In the Sixth Form, courses are available in A level Biology, A level Chemistry and A level Physics.

GCSE and IGCSE Science

Two routes exist for the study of Science at GCSE/IGCSE at Ampleforth:

a) GCSE Science (Double Award)
This course aims to develop ‘scientifically literate citizens’ who understand ‘how science works’. The course is taught in core science time and has less content (the scientific facts that you have to learn) than the separate IGCSEs (detailed below). Students taking this course will sit the following examinations, administered by AQA (the weblinks will take you to the relevant part of the AQA website where you will find past papers and the specification):


GCSE Science A
GCSE Additional Science

b) Separate IGCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (‘Triple Award’)
The IGCSE course provided by Edexcel covers a broader platform from which to progress to A level science courses in the Sixth Form. Potential Sixth Form Scientists should seriously consider this option, as recent research suggests those who follow the IGCSE route are more likely to achieve the higher grades at A level. In order to follow this course, students should opt for Extra Science in the relevant Option block.
Students taking this course will sit the following examinations, administered by Edexcel (the weblinks will take you to the relevant part of the Edexcel website where you will find past papers and the specification):


IGCSE:  

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-chemistry-2011.html


http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-biology-2011.html