GCSE Science

Ashbourne students get a thorough grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the course we offer, allowing them the opportunity to continue any of these subjects at A level. Students explore a wide range of topics within each subject, receive plenty of practical experience and discuss pressing global issues related to science.

Students learn how to answer all types of exam-style questions from short answers and source based stimulus response to essays and techniques in preparing for and answering compulsory questions. They also get regular exam-condition practice.

Our small class sizes and attention to individual student’s needs enables everyone to keep pace and reach their full potential.

Why study Science

Studying science is one of the few subjects that allows you to truly open your eyes (and have a peak at how they work), blow things up (preferably in the lab under supervision) and feel the force (of the physical universe). It offers you the chance to examine and analyse the world around and within you, see how ideas and inventions have come about and changed over time, and explore ways science may shape our future, from carbon sequestering and energy creation, fighting bacteria and preventing ageing to artificial intelligence and space travel.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel syllabus for IGCSE Science double award.

What is covered in this course?

This course covers a broad range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as outlined in the table below. Students will sit a final exam (2 hours) for each science.

BiologyChemistryPhysics
The nature and variety of living organisms
Structure and functions in living organisms
Reproduction and inheritance
Ecology and the environment
Use of biological resources

Principles of chemistry
Inorganic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Organic chemistry

Forces and motion
Electricity
Waves
Energy resources and energy transfer
Solids, liquids and gases
Magnetism and electromagnetism
Radioactivity and particles
Astrophysics

Who teaches this course?

Caroline Hall

BSc (Hons) Chemistry (University of Sussex); PGCE Chemistry with Integrated Science (Whitelands College, London)

Caroline is an experienced science teacher having been a former head of chemistry and science at well-known schools in London for many years. She has also worked with students to help them gain entry to Oxbridge.

Mark Youngman

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Southampton University)

Mark has been teaching since 2011 and was head of Biology at his previous college. He teaches Biology and GCSE Science at Ashbourne.

Michal Zarzycki

PhD Biology (University of Warsaw, Poland); MSc Biology (University of Warsaw, Poland); BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (Abertay University, Scotland); BSc Biology (Jan Kochanowski University, Poland)

Michal has plenty of experience teaching students of different ages and levels including GCSE and A level. He has also worked as a volunteer teacher at an orphanage in Poland.

 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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My time at Ashbourne was everything I hoped it would be and more. In the space of just two years my technical understanding and appreciation of music have rocketed higher than I ever thought possible. Thanks to Piers’ outstanding and engaging teaching, I’ve fallen in love with opera and have now, since leaving Ashbourne, written my own, incorporating all the musical devices and tricks we learned about in lesson. So thanks to Ashbourne, I now have the confidence and knowledge to not only apply to my own shows but to the musical developing company called ‘Wishful Thinking’ I now work with as a creative development assistant. I cannot recommend Ashbourne enough for anyone with a drive and a passion to succeed. You will thrive.
CharlotteWishful Thinking Company, Creative Development Assistant
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
If I had to describe Ashbourne in three words it would be welcoming, intimate, and fun. I have never met such an eclectic group of people who all get on and are integrated with each other so well. It’s a great opportunity to get the grades that you want alongside gaining confidence and maturity
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