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OCR Gateway 2011 science GCSEs

OCR Gateway Science, Additional Science and Physics assess how science works in two ways: by including 'Fundamental Scientific Processes' in written exam papers, and by controlled assessment of investigative skills, knowledge and understanding.

The controlled assessment for each of the science GCSE specifications comprises one practical task, split into three parts.

  • Part 1 - Research and collecting secondary data
  • Part 2 - Planning and collecting primary data
  • Part 3 - Analysis and evaluation

With all of the OCR Gateway specifications except for GCSE Science, candidates are expected to develop a hypothesis for investigation. GCSE Science candidates are given a scientific question or hypothesis to investigate. OCR provides extensive teacher guidance about its specifications, including controlled assessment tasks, here.

OCR uses scientific terms consistent with those described in The Language of Measurement, a booklet published by the Association of Science Education in 2010. Higher grade descriptors mention using 'specialist terms appropriately'.

Experiments linked below support the teaching of ‘How Science Works’ aspects of Gateway science specifications.

Fundamental Scientific Processes


Collecting data

Processing data

Analysis and interpreting data; Evaluating and concluding

Related Guidance


Page last updated on 11 June 2013

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