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Specification at a glance
GCSE in Science
The GCSE in Science is made up of three externally assessed units, including one biology, one chemistry
and one physics unit, as well as a controlled assessment unit.
Content overview
Controlled
Biology 1
25% + Chemistry 1
25% + Physics 1
25% + assessment
25%
= GCSE in Science
B1 ­ Influences on life P1 ­ Universal physics
Key topics: Key topics:
Classifications, variation and inheritance Visible light and the Solar System
Responses to a changing environment The electromagnetic spectrum
Problems of, and solutions to, a changing Waves and the Universe
environment Waves and the Earth
Exam: 1 hour (60 mark, tiered) Generation and transmission of electricity
Energy and the future
Nov/Mar/June
Exam: 1 hour (60 mark, tiered)
25%
Nov/Mar/June
25%
C1 ­ Chemistry in our world
Key topics:
The Earth's sea and atmosphere
Science controlled assessment
Materials for the Earth Tasks:
Acids 1.Planning
Obtaining and using metals 2.Observations
Fuels 3.Conclusions
Exam: 1 hour (60 mark, tiered) Not tiered
Nov/Mar/June Nov/June
25% 25%
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The first biology unit is split into The first physics unit is split into
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GCSE in Additional Science
The GCSE in Additional Science is made up of three externally assessed units, including one biology, one
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The second biology unit is split The second physics unit is split
into three topics, which cover the into six topics:
following areas:
1. static and current electricity, incorporating the
1. an understanding of animal, plant and bacterial ideas of charge and current; understanding
cells, and how they are studied; the structure of electrostatic phenomena in terms of movement
DNA, how proteins are synthesised, and of electrons
modern developments of genetics, including
2. the relationship between p.d.…read more

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GCSE in Biology
The GCSE in Biology is made up of three externally assessed units, as well as a controlled assessment unit.…read more

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The first biology unit is split into The biology extension unit builds
three topics, which cover the on ideas developed in the earlier
following areas: units, and covers the following
areas:
1 general characteristics of animals and plants,
particularly vertebrates and organisms that can 1.…read more

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GCSE in Chemistry
The GCSE in Chemistry is made up of three externally assessed units, as well as a controlled assessment unit.…read more

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There are five topics in the first The chemistry extension unit
chemistry unit, which cover the builds on ideas developed in the
following areas: earlier units, and covers the
following areas:
1 how the Earth and its atmosphere have evolved
and how human activity can have an impact on 1. an understanding of qualitative tests for specific
these ions, and their applications in industry
2 the types of rock in the Earth, especially calcium 2.…read more

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GCSE in Physics
The GCSE in Physics is made up of three externally assessed units, as well as a controlled assessment unit.…read more

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The first physics unit is split into 5. an understanding of radioactive decay;
the role of the wider scientific community
six smaller topics. In these topics,
in validating theories
students:
6. the uses of different ionising radiations and
1 learn about light and lenses, and how the risks involved; using models to investigate
telescopes led to the development of our radioactive decay; the advantages and
knowledge of the Solar System, the evolution of disadvantages of using nuclear power for
stars and the Universe generating electricity.…read more

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