Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE in Single Award Science

This GCSE Single Award Science specification is available for first teaching from September 2011. We will make the first awards in 2013.

We are now offering this specification as a unitised course. This increases flexibility and choice for teachers and students.

Through studying this specification, students:

  • gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds;
  • gain understanding of the nature of science and its applications and the interrelationships between science and society;
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in science;
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the scientific process through hypotheses, theories and concepts;
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;
  • develop awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits;
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts; and
  • acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.

This course provides opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.

This specification offers students the opportunity to be inspired, motivated and challenged by a broad, practical and worthwhile course of study. It encourages them to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provides insight into and experience of how science works.