Core Subjects

The Core Subjects are compulsory.  You can find out more about the Core Subjects by clicking on any of the subject names in the list below.  ESL is the alternative to English Language for non-native speakers.

English Language (AQA)

English Literature (AQA)

ESL

Maths (Edexcel)

Biology (AQA)

Chemistry (AQA)

Physics (AQA)

 

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English Literature

Exam board & specification code: AQA 8702

What will I study

Human beings love to share stories. GCSE English Literature gives you the opportunity to read and study a range of stories told in different forms: novels, plays and poems. The course takes you on a journey through time, reading a variety of literary texts from a classic Shakespeare play to a 20th century novel. Be prepared to debate your opinions and have your perceptions challenged. 

You will read and study four texts from the following: ‘Macbeth’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘The Sign of Four’, ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Animal Farm’ and the  ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry anthology.

How will I be assessed?

Two written examination papers which you will take at the end of the course.

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th century novel.  1 hour 45 minutes.

You will answer one question on the Shakespeare play which you have studied and one question on the 19th century novel which you have studied

Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry.  2 hours 15 minutes.

You will answer one question on the modern text which you have studied, one question asking you to compare two poems from the anthology you have studied, and a third question comparing two unseen poems.

What are the progression opportunities?

The GCSE English Literature course is highly regarded and provides a sound foundation for the future study of any literature course at either IB or A Level. It helps you to develop transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis, empathy and the ability to infer meaning from text. Having a qualification in English Literature is important for those who want to pursue careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, the law, journalism, the media, teaching, writing, the theatre, psychology and any other career in which you deal with people.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mrs Walsh, Head of English  or speak to a Teacher of English

AQA GCSE English Literature


Biology

Exam board & specification code: AQA 8461

What will I study?

Biology is the study of all life on Earth. The GCSE course comprises seven topics which look at living organisms from a variety of perspectives. The initial topics focus on the cells from which all organisms consist, the molecules that are involved in the chemical reactions that occur within these cells, and how cells are organised into tissues and organ systems. Later topics centre on the inheritance of genetic material, the evolution of species, and how organisms interact with each other in their environment.

How will I be assessed

Two exam papers which are both 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Paper 1: Topics 1-4 

Paper 2: Topics 5-7

You will complete ten ‘required practicals’ in the lab. The practical skills you develop when undertaking these ‘required practicals’, and other lab based investigations, are assessed in some of the questions on the exam papers.

What are the progression opportunities?

The AQA GCSE course provides a sound platform for post-16 study. A science subject is compulsory for the IB Diploma and a significant number of students opt to study IB Biology at either Standard or Higher Level each year. The course also provides ideal preparation for the IB Sport, exercise and health science subject option at IB. 

Biology is an important subject for those who aim to pursue a career in medicine or an allied profession. It is also a highly relevant subject for a wide range of careers including forensic science, environmental science, sport science and biochemical research.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mr Fraser, Head of Biology and Head of Science, or your Teacher of Biology

Biology Department Website (can only be accessed with a Scarborough College account)


Physics

Exam board & specification code: AQA 8463

What will I study?

Physics is the study of matter, and its movement through space and time.  You will study everything from subatomic particles at the very smallest scale to galaxies and the structure of the universe at the largest.  

The course covers eight broad topics, each of which looks at a different aspect of physics:

Energy and Energy Resources 

Electricity

Particle Model of Matter

Atomic Structure and Radiation

Forces

Waves

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Space Physics

How will I be assessed?

Two examination papers which are both 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Paper 1: Topics 1-4

Paper 2: Topics 5-8

You will complete ten ‘required practicals’ in the lab. The practical skills you develop when undertaking these ‘required practicals’, and other lab based investigations, are assessed in some of the questions on the examination papers.

What are the progression opportunities?

The AQA GCSE course provides a sound platform for post-16 study. A science subject is compulsory for the IB Diploma and a number of students opt to study IB Physics at either Standard or Higher Level each year. 

Physics is the basis of many other sciences, and is particularly important for those who wish to go on to study any form of engineering.  It is also a highly relevant subject for a range of careers including those in the energy resource industry and financial sector.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mr White, Head of Physics, or your Teacher of Physics

Physics Department Website (can only be accessed with a Scarborough College account)

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