GCSE Science Double Award


Wigston College offers a range of Science courses to enable students to follow a science course to meet their needs and achieve their full potential.

Science is a CORE subject, which means you have to study for at least 2 Science GCSEs (Double Science), but there is a possibility that you could be recommended by your High School to study Triple Science which would result in 3 GCSEs one each in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.


This qualification is made up of 2 GCSE courses:

GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science

Core Science is studied in Year 10 and Additional Science in Year 11. The course is split up into units.

Each Core and Additional Unit consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and counts for 25% of the final grade.

There is a one-hour exam for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with some short answer and some long answer questions.  Controlled assessment of coursework counts for the final 25% of the marks for each award. Student progress throughout the course will be measured by a series of topic tests along with other assessments.

In Unit 1 you will study In Unit 2 you will study In Unit 3 you will study Controlled assessments
B1: You and your genes B2: Keeping healthy B3: Life on Earth Data analysis
C1: Air quality C2: Material choices C3: Chemicals in our lives Case study
P1: The Earth in the Universe P2: Radiation and life P3: Sustainable energy  
25% 25% 25% 25%
In Unit 4 you will study In Unit 5 you will study In Unit 6 you will study Controlled assessments
B4: The process of life B5: Growth and development B6: Brain and mind Investigation
C4: Chemical patterns C5: Chemicals of the natural environment C6: Chemical synthesis  
P4: Explaining motions P5: Electric circuits P6: Radio-active materials  
25% 25% 25% 25%


In year 12 students achieving A*, A or B in Core AND Additional Science will be considered for courses on Biology, Chemistry and Physics at AS and A2 level. Students achieving C grades in Core and Additional will be able to follow the BTEC level 3 course in Applied Science.


This course leads to two level 1/2 awards at Pass, Merit or Distinction, equivalent to two GCSE grades. In year 10, students study the OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Science. This award contains 3 units 2 of which are internally assessed and moderated.

Unit Title How assessed Weighting
R071 How scientific ideas impact on life Internal 50%
R072 How scientific ideas have developed External Exam 25%
R073 How scientists test their ideas Internal 25%

In year 11, students best suited to the vocational and practical approach of the Cambridge Nationals will progress to study a second OCR national in ’Science in the Workplace’ which is equivalent to a second GCSE.

OCR Nationals are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. They are popular and effective because they challenge learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. OCR Nationals motivate learners, and open doors for progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.


Students achieving a merit or distinction level or C grade in GCSE Additional or Applied Science will be able to follow the BTEC level 3 in Applied Science course.