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

Reports from pilot centres in Reading, Oxford, and Bristol

Here are some reports on the first and second years of the pilot courses.

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School, Reading
Wheatley Park School, Oxford

Marlwood School, Bristol


Report from a pilot centre in June 2005:
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School, Reading

What students most like about Twenty First Century Science is its relevance to everyday life, and the chance to discuss current issues. I really enjoy having heated discussions with the students.

At the beginning of January 2005 we were studying the Science module Earth and Universe, and students were incensed by the lack of an early warning system in the Indian Ocean.

We really value the support from York, Nuffield, and OCR, and the exciting resources.

Liz Goswell


Report from a pilot centre: Wheatley Park School, Oxford

Students found Core Science mostly interesting, and enjoyed the practical component of General Science.

The big changes from the course we were doing are that students find it more relevant, and there's more ICT.

The greatest challenge has been the needs of staff, and fitting it all in.

Ben Green


Report from a pilot centre in 2004: Marlwood School, Bristol

What students liked most about 21st Century Science was ICT-based exercises and new practical activities such as analysing exhaust emissions (this is in Air quality).

The big changes from the course we were doing are the greater emphasis on considering the quality of data, and inferences which can be drawn from it. Dedicated ICT support!

The greatest challenge has been the structure of the materials, integrating activities, scheme of work and further guidance, and deciding what to use (and how) within the time available.

Links with outside agencies have proved stimulating and valuable to students. There’s much scope for extending this.

Chris Holland