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Clarification on course work accounted towards GCSE Science grade - AQA

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    My son is in grade 10 now. He will be doing his GCSE exam in 2017 and he is studying the AQA syllabus. According to the curriculum posted in the school study platform, all grade 10 students will have to sit for 6 examinations and 2 course work though out the year where a portion of marks (12.5% from exams and 25% from coursework) will be taken for the final grade of the GCSE Science exam.

    However he has been told now they do not take the marks form the examinations but there will be a course work from which 25% will be accounted for the GCSE Science grade.

    I was quite surprised when I read this in the study platform as at the beginning of the year, I was not informed about any form of exams which could account for the GCSE Science exam. Even his teacher is not helpful at all in providing the information.

    I highly appreciate if you could answer my queries. My queries are;
    - Has there been a new change in syllabus lately?
    - Do they take the marks from both exams and course work or only course work?
    - What is the structure of the coursework?

    Thank you.
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