GCSE Science

Internal assessment – counts for 33.3% of your final grade: Case study – 20%, Data Analysis – 13.3%

Case Study (20%)
Choosing a topic
Choose a topic from one of these categories: A question where scientific knowledge is not certain Is there life in other parts of the Universe? Does using a mobile phone cause brain damage?

Making your own conclusion
Compare the evidence and points of view Consider the risks of different courses of action Say what you think should be done, and link this to the evidence you have reported

Data Analysis (13.3%)
Interpreting Data
Use tables, charts, graphs or calculations to show any patterns in your results Say what conclusions you can make from your data Explain your conclusions using your science knowledge and understanding

A question about decision-making using scientific information

Should the government stop research into human cloning? Should my child have the MMR vaccine?

Present your study
Make sure your report is laid out clearly in a sensible order Use pictures, tables, charts, graphs etc to present information Take care with your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and use scientific terms where they are appropriate

Evaluation
Think whether any improvements in your apparatus or method could give more precise and accurate results Check how closely each result fits the general pattern and look for any outliers Suggest some improvements or extra data you could collect to be more confident in your conclusions

A question about a personal issue involving science

Selecting information
Collect information from different places: books, the internet, newspapers – look for different views on the topic Say where each piece of information came from. Make it clear if you have quoted or copied something Choose only information that is relevant to the question you are studying Say why you chose these sources and how you decided whether they are reliable

Creating a Case Study
Where do I start? Sources of information could include: internet school library you science textbooks and notes local public library TV radio newspapers and magazines museums and exhibitions

Tip
Keep detailed notes of each stage of your planning and work. Check each result as you get it to see that it fits in with others you already have – if not, consider whether you need to repeat it to check.

Understanding the question
Use scientific knowledge and understanding to explain the topic you are studying When you report what other people have said, say what scientific evidence they had (from experiments, surveys etc)

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