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We recognise that GCSE Science is too demanding for some students. ELC Science gives students who are unlikely to achieve a grade in GCSE Science the opportunity to achieve a certificated award. It also prepares students for GCSE and can be used to monitor their progress.

The specification has been developed to meet the requirements of the Programme of Study for Key Stage 4 Science. It can be used in conjunction with GCSE Combined Science specifications, and we have included specification references to facilitate co-teaching of the two different levels.

The component-based structure of the ELC provides students with the opportunity to work in short programmes. This gives the student a sense of achievement throughout the course and enables their progress to be monitored. It also enables teachers to gauge whether entry for both ELC Science and GCSE Combined Science is a reasonable expectation.

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