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GCSE Criteria for Science 2006

This set of subject criteria were produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for Awarding Bodies to produce subject specifications for use in 2006 GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Applied Science (Double Award), GCSE Additional Applied Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Physics. GCSE specifications had to meet these criteria in order to be accredited.

The GCSE criteria explain the general aims of studying a particular subject at GCSE and outline the essential knowledge skills and understanding required. Starting from the Key Stage Four National Curriculum current at the time, it therefore includes the elements of both ‘How Science Works’ and the ‘Breadth of Study’ that outlines the science content. They also stipulate the structure of GCSEs and their assessment and grading, in that assessment objectives and grade descriptors are included.

Skills, knowledge and understanding for GCSE Science, for GCSE Additional Science (using areas of biology, chemistry and physics), and for GCSE Additional Applied Science (specifying appropriate vocational contexts) are outlined. It was specified that the skills, knowledge and understanding for GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics should include those from Science and Additional Science, as well as appropriate extra material.

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