A suite of GCSE science courses developed in partnership with the University of York

Entry level

About the Entry Level course

The Entry Level course is designed to meet the needs of students at KS4 for whom GCSE-level courses are not realistic or appropriate. It can also support the teaching of lower-attaining candidates in GCSE classes.

The Entry Level course is designed to meet the needs of students at KS4 for whom GCSE-level courses are not realistic or appropriate. It can also support the teaching of lower-attaining candidates in GCSE classes.

The course consists of 39 short topics ('Items') with an emphasis on hands-on practical work. They are equally divided between biology, chemistry and physics. Each Item takes about five hours. It has a more flexible approach than GCSE courses because it does not have to conform to GCSE criteria. The emphasis is on positive achievement through the realisation of short-term goals,

Can-do tasks and short tests give regular feedback which motivates students to work up to the completion of the 30 topics needed for the highest award.

The Entry Level Items are linked to the GCSE Science course, and some students will take the Foundation Tier exam. Teachers using the Entry Level course with their students also tell us that some of them will subsequently move to the GCSE Additional Applied Science course.

Entry Level resources

The OUP resources consist of activities with corresponding teacher guidance, and a single full colour text book. The activities and textbook are clearly linked to Items in the specification.

A general introduction (44 KB)

Specification

The specification and assessment are produced by OCR and can lead on to both the OCR GCSE science suites: Twenty First Century Science and Gateway Science.

25 units in the new course have a distinctive Twenty First Century Science flavour, and are directly related to either GCSE Science modules or GCSE Additional Applied Science modules. You can see which units relate closely to Twenty First Century Science by looking at the codes on pages 6 and 7 of the specification you can download from OCR Entry Level key documents. (A is Twenty First Century Science, B is Gateway Science).

These two files show the links between Entry level and the Twenty First Century Science and Additional Applied Science GCSE courses:

Tables mapping Entry level onto 2006 GCSE Science (81 KB)

Tables mapping Entry level onto 2006 GCSE Additional Applied Science (99 KB)