Subject Overview

OCR Gateway Sciences (Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – Provides a flexible approach to teaching. The specifications are divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of biology, chemistry and physics. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers.

Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)

Gateway Science Suite:

Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options

Key Stage 4 Science is a compulsory core subject and therefore there are no entry requirements in terms of completing Double Science.

Activities and Trips

There are no set trips for students, however opportunities may arise periodically.

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

Science is a core subject it is studied by everyone. There are therefore no other subjects to consider when completing Year 9 options forms. It should be recognised however, that pupils will encounter mathematical equations and techniques such as graph drawing and will be expected to be able to communicate theories clearly, as spelling, punctuation and grammar are assessed in examinations.

Subject Resources

Schemes of Work

Example schemes of work can be found at the following links:

These schemes are for information only and outline the topic content with suggested activities. Departments may change the order that the unit is being delivered in from time-to-time and will use different tasks when they feel it necessary.

Past Papers

Past papers are available at the following links:

Past papers are also available pre-printed from any members of the Science Department. These include the past papers for the previous (2006 and 2012) specification. These papers are still relevant as well, but it would be advisable for students to get these from their subject teachers rather than from the OCR website, as the teachers can inform the students about which questions are no longer relevant to the course.

Students will also have monitoring tests which contain a bank of past paper questions on a smaller section of the course and homeworks will be set which also incorporate past paper questions.

Useful Links

All students have login and passwords to access the Doddle resources.

Other Information

For more information email, Mr W Barron de Burgh – Head of Science.