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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.


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Controlled
Biology 1
25% + Chemistry 1
25% + Physics 1
25% +…

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The first biology unit is split into The first physics unit is split into
three topics, which cover the six smaller topics. In these topics,
following areas: students:
1 general characteristics of animals and plants, 1 learn about light and lenses, and how
particularly vertebrates and organisms that can telescopes…

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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
chemistry and one physics unit, as well as a controlled assessment unit.


Content overview

Controlled
Biology 2
25% + Chemistry 2
25% + Physics 2
25% + assessment
25%…

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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;…

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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.


Content overview

Controlled
Biology 1
25% + Biology 2
25% + Biology 3
25% + assessment
25%
= GCSE in Biology




B1 ­ Influences on life B3 ­…

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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. an understanding of further systems…

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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.


Content overview

Controlled
Chemistry 1
25% + Chemistry 2
25% + Chemistry 3
25% + assessment
25%
= GCSE in Chemistry




C1 ­ Chemistry in our world C3…

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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.…

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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.


Content overview

Controlled
Physics 1
25% + Physics 2
25% + Physics 3
25% + assessment
25%
= GCSE in Physics




P1 ­ Universal physics P3 ­ Application…

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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…

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