GCSE Science Tuition
Studying science is something which is best learnt step by step. By this I mean that it’s important for pupils to have a very good understanding of each step in their course before moving onto the next part.
Problems occur, however, when misinterpretations or assumptions are made and then those errors are compounded later.
By clarifying what’s known and what’s misunderstood we can help your child to improve their understanding and that’s going to support them when they take their end of year science exams.
During the last few years there have been various significant revisions to the way the GCSE science syllabus is both taught and examined.
All three examining boards, AQA, Edexcel and OCR have moved from the A* to G scale over to a 1-9 scale. In this new world, a 9 is equivalent to a strong A* pass and a good pass would be grade 5.
New Specification / Syllabus
Students will now be required to study a more detailed and therefore more challenging syllabus across all parts of their science studies. This does mean, however, that for the moment at least, the grade boundaries have been reduced, but marks may be harder to achieve.
Tuition support for science
We can help your child with their science studies at both Foundation and Higher Levels. Some pupils will be studying the combined science syllabus and others will be studying for three separate GCSEs in Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
Our blog contains further information about the syllabus changes, here is a recent blog post discussing GCSE science which explains how the new courses fit together.
Depending upon which pathway your child is following we will be able to provide support to help them improve their understanding of the subjects and fill in any gaps in their knowledge or correct any misunderstandings in their studies.
Fancy a Single, a Double, or a Triple?
Where a student is strong in their science skills and may wish to study a science-based degree at university, they can take three separate GCSE courses in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Passing these three separate exams will provide them with strong proof as to their science-based skills and will support their applications to go on to study individual science courses at A-Level.
Pupils taking this route will invariably find their maths (and statistics) skills are strongly tested too, since the newly revised individual science syllabuses have a strong maths component within them.
Many schools offer pupils a combined science syllabus and this can sometimes be seen as an ‘easy option’. Students, however, are still required to cover elements from all three disciplines and ensure they have a strong grasp of each subject.
If you’d like to find out more about the 23 key issues you must know about GCSE science then this blog post will be helpful.
To find out more about how we could support you and your children’s aims for their education please complete our enquiry form and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
Due to the present coronavirus related issues we are currently only offering online tutoring, however, for families in the Peterborough area, once the Government has confirmed the ‘all clear’ we will be offering face-to-face tutoring again.