Twenty First Century Science 2001

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Directors (2001): Jenifer Burden, Peter Campbell, John Holman, Andrew Hunt and Robin Millar
Directors (2009): Angela Hall, Robin Millar, Emma Palmer and Mary Whitehouse

Science for everyone and science for scientists

Twenty First Century Science (C21) is a suite of GCSE science courses giving all 14-16-year-olds a worthwhile and inspiring experience of science. 

The approach follows the recommendations of the Beyond 2000 report published in 1998. All young people need to be able to make sense of science while appreciating what science has to say about themselves, their environment and the Universe. A minority aspire to become professional scientists or to work in fields where knowledge of science is essential. Others will become scientific and technical practitioners.  

The courses making up the Twenty First Century Science suite are GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Additional Applied Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics, and Entry Level Science.

GCSE Science introduces science explanations in the context of big issues such as air quality, climate change, genetics and health. It also covers ideas about science such as correlation and cause, data evaluation, and risk. GCSE Additional science is a concepts-led course covering topics such as growth and development, chemical synthesis, and the wave model of radiation. The separate science GCSEs cover GCSE Science and Additional science, with further study to make up three full GCSEs. Entry Level is for those who are not yet ready for GCSE.


Student textbooks, activity sheets and teachers & technicians’ notes, animations and other electronic resources are available from OUP the publishers.