GCSE Core & Additional Science

Science is a core component of the KS4 curriculum. You will learn about the world around you gaining scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. You will develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods, exploring a range of scientific ideas and their implications for society. The skills, knowledge and understanding that you will acquire throughout this course will help you to appreciate how science works and its essential role in the wider world.

Most students will study Core and Additional Science which will count as two GCSEs.


Course Outline

Combined and Triple Science Course Content

The content for Combined Science and Triple Science is the same however each exam for Triple Science will be longer and will lead to separate GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Unit 1 (written exam – 35%)

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 
  7. Ecology

Unit 2 (written exam – 40%)

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

Unit 3 (written exam – 25%)

  1. Forces
  2. Energy
  3. Waves
  4. Electricity
  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  6. Particle model of matter
  7. Atomic structure

Each of the written exam units contains three modules – one each from biology, chemistry and physics. There are two entries tiers for these papers – foundation and higher. Your KS3 results will be used to determine which tier you should follow.

If you are particularly interested in science and have achieved a high level in your Y9 assessments, then you may wish to consider studying separate sciences. Instead of working towards the core and additional exams, you would have separate lessons in biology, chemistry and physics.

Find more information about biology, chemistry and physics following this link.