GCSE Sciences – Biology, Chemistry & Physics
The GCSE course follows the programme of study for Key Stage 4 Science in the National Curriculum. These courses are now wholly linear. There is an emphasis on ‘How science works’, which means not just learning theory, but understanding the practical side of science and its relation to the world in which we live. We have adopted the AQA suite of GCSE specifications and this will ensure a smooth transition for boys who chose to continue to A-level sciences.

Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?

Studying all three sciences is a requirement. The GCSE courses develop knowledge, understanding and skills required to continue studies at Advanced Level in one or more of the sciences.  The A Level sciences are a popular choice with students as they are a requirement of some courses, e.g. medicine, and are well regarded by universities and employers alike. The Science GCSEs will develop transferable skills that will benefit students in other subjects including: investigative approaches and problem solving, literacy, communication and presentation, and mathematical skills.

Summary of the Course

The three sciences will be taught by specialist teachers and boys will have two double periods each week for each science.

Each science is divided into topics.

The Biology topics are: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection & Response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis & Response, Inheritance Variation & Evolution, and Ecology.

The Chemistry topics are: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, and Using resources.

The Physics topics are: Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, and Space physics.

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How is This Subject Assessed?

There will be 2 exams for each of the sciences. Each of these exams will be 1 hour 45 minutes duration and will be worth 100 marks each. Knowledge and understanding of the Required Practicals will be tested in these exams. Maths skills are also included in the assessment of all GCSE science qualifications (10% of Biology exam marks, 20% of Chemistry exam marks and 30% of Physics exam marks).