Key Stage 4
Details of the GCSE Core Science course can be found by following this link.
Details of the GCSE Additional Science course can be found by following this link.
Details of the GCSE Further Additional Science can be found by following this link.
Each GCSE is assessed by two external exams and a controlled assessment. The controlled assessment takes the form of an ISA which is worth 25% of the GCSE.
What is an ISA?
ISA stands for Investigative Skills Assignment. Put simply, it is a way to measure student’s scientific skill and their ability to link scientific knowledge to a real life context. Your child’s teacher will administer and mark the ISA exam papers. Scores will then be moderated by the exam board. Students have to complete one ISA for every science GCSE that they do. There is no tier of entry, so grades range from A* - U.
What does an ISA involve?
Your son/daughter will spend at least 5 consecutive hours’ worth of lesson time on their ISA. They can be carried out at any time in the year. Your child’s teacher will decide on the best time to do it and will inform your child.
ISA skills are an integral part of our science curriculum here at Wadebridge School. Students begin practicing the skills required in year 7 and continue until the end of year 11. That said your child will embark on a few lessons of intense preparation before the ISA itself is carried out. They will then begin the 5 or 6 lessons that it takes to complete the assessment. It is vital that your child attends all of their science lessons during this period.
How important is it?
The ISA is a vital part of your child’s GCSE grade. There are 50 marks available and the grade makes up 25% of each GCSE. Therefore if you are planning an extended absence (e.g. holiday or planned operation) please check with the Science department that their absence will not clash with any ISA work.
Key Stage 3
Details of Year 8 Autumn Assessment can be found by following this link
Details of Year 8 Spring Assessment can be found by following this link
Details of Year 8 Summer Assessment can be found by following this link.