GCSE Science Course Information

Course structure:

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. At the heart of the course are eight required practicals for biology, chemistry and physics which will be integrated into teaching.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit a total of 6 exams. Each written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

Each paper makes up 50% of a science GCSE. Questions will be a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 1 Biology

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Paper 2 Biology

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Paper 1 Chemistry

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2 Chemistry

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.

Paper 1 Physics

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Paper 2: Physics

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers.