Posted on 6 November 2016
With the launch of the new 9-1 specifications, Twenty First Century Science will be switching places with Gateway Science – OCR’s other suite of GCSE science specifications – to become the ‘B’ specifications.
The reasoning behind this is to match the way OCR’s A Level science specifications are designated. At A Level, the context-led specifications (Advancing Biology, Salters’ Advanced Chemistry, and Advancing Physics) are the ‘B’ specifications. Both Twenty First Century Science and Gateway Science are thorough preparations for A Level, and students studying GCSE science courses from either suite could progress to any of the A Level science courses; but it made sense to label Twenty First Century Science as the ‘B’ specifications because their approach is more context-led than that of Gateway Science.
From September 2016, the suite of Twenty First Century Science specifications will look like this:
by Alistair Moore, Project Manager for the Twenty First Century Science project at the University of York Science Education Group.