GCSE Science

Why study Science at Ashbourne?

Science is an interesting and exciting subject. When pupils enter Ashbourne College we are most concerned with capturing their interest and responding to their natural curiosity. Once pupils have become engaged with the subject, knowledge and understanding follow. We aim to present the subject in a stimulating way without losing any of the academic rigour needed to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential.
The programme consists of an examination of the relevant areas of the specification for each of the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), a summary of the key facts and principles relevant to the area under study, past paper questions and reference, where instructive, to the Chief Examiner’s Reports. Students will receive tuition in all types of examination question, whether short answer questions, source based stimulus response questions or essays and techniques in preparing for and answering compulsory questions. Students can expect each week a minimum of 6 hours of classroom tuition plus one or two substantial pieces of homework based on previous past papers.

Which syllabus do we follow?

We follow the Edexcel specification for GCSE Science.

What is the content about?

The content is divided into the following topics:

BiologyChemistryPhysics
Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
Topic 2 – Cells and control
Topic 3 – Genetics
Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles
Formulae, equations and hazards
Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
Topic 3 – Chemical change
Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
Topic 2 – Motion and forces
Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
Topic 4 – Waves
Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
Topic 6 – Radioactivity
Topic 7 – Astronomy
Topic 8 – Energy – forces doing work
Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
Topic 11 – Static electricity
Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
Topic 14 – Particle model
Topic 15 – Forces and matter

How is the content examined?

Paper 1: Biology 1Paper 2: Biology 2Paper 3: Chemistry 1Paper 4: Chemistry 2Paper 5: Physics 1Paper 6: Physics 2
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures, Topic 3 – Chemical changes, Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table, Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes, Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy, Topic 4 – Waves, Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 – Radioactivity
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE
Students will sit a 1 h 10 mins written exam. They will answer a range of different question types on the following topics: Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work, Topic 9 – Forces and their effects, Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits, Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect, Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction, Topic 14 – Particle model, Topic 15 – Forces and matter
60 marks, 16.67% of the GCSE

When do the exams take place?

The exams normally take place in May/June.