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?

Philip Arnold

MSc Climate Science and Policy (University of Bristol); BSc Biological Sciences (University of Warwick)

Philip is passionate about environmental issues and not only brings his research experience in this area to his teaching but also in genetics and evolution, animal and plant biology, clinical microbiology and ecology.

Alex Goodwin

BSc (Hons) Medical Science (University of Birmingham); PGDipEd (University of Birmingham)

Alex brings not only his passion for science to the classroom but professional experience and expertise in chemistry and teaching. He believes students should play a pivotal role in their own learning success and has been teaching the subject for more than four years with great results.

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.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
During my three-year ride as an Asher, new doors opened up for me to a new world in which I found my true passion. It is encouraging independent learning while providing students with sufficient support when needed, along with its active, lively and friendly atmosphere that give Ashbourne its uniqueness. The location is great and adds to the liveliness of the atmosphere. As far as academia is concerned, the necessary platform for success in most subject areas one might be interested in is provided. The rest is up to the individual
DanialMedicine at UCL
Our grandson was very ready to make a huge step from recluse, out­ of ­step with his age group, not knowing what to do with himself or how to relate to others, many of whom he found terrifying. He found travelling on the tube terrifying and trusted few people. Ashbourne has never pushed him too hard but has always encouraged every step he has taken towards what was sometimes a big risk for him. He has learned to respect himself as a learner, to be realistic about his strengths and what he finds difficult, and is learning what to do about the things he finds difficult. He is becoming sociable, well­ informed good company, smiles 100% more than he did and travels to and from Ashbourne by tube without a qualm. He is punctual (or sends a message if held up). He is learning to trust the many good people he now recognises as on his side. He is very aware of how much Ashbourne has contributed to these huge changes and is looking forward to trying out University in September, becoming a student, knowing lots of other people will arrive by different routes. A real success story/work in progress. Thank you Ashbourne
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