Key Stage 4

Currently, pupils can gain one, two or three GCSEs in Science depending on their ability and their ambitions. Those that aspire to take science onto A level tend to take Triple Science (3 GCSEs). Those who may use the key skills and knowledge that science offers into a vocational setting will take Core and Additional (Combined) Science (2 GCSEs). Some may take a more practical option of Core Science over two years (1 GCSE) and complete an Entry Level Certificate (ELC).

Triple Science - Pupils on this pathway will gain three GCSEs in the separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All examinations are at the end of Y11. They complete practical examinations called ISAs during the year which are worth 25% of their final grade. As part of their timetable they will be expected to attend period 6 lessons on a Wednesday.

(Combined science) - During Y10, the pupils will complete a Core GCSE in Science including modules in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and one coursework component (an ISA) worth 25% of their final grade. During Y11 they will progress to a second GCSE building on Core content following the AQA Additional Science specification with another ISA.

Core Science and ELC – The Core Science GCSE material is taught over the two year period with extra time spent on securing key practical skills and understanding. On top of this the pupils will complete teacher designed assessments and a practical ISA worth 25%.

All GCSE pupils will have yellow sheets in their books which summarise the key specification criteria and contain details of teacher/pupil feedback and homework tasks. They also have access to online tasks and revision support on the Kerboodle website. For further information of the syllabus consult the AQA (OCR) website.


5 Ways to Revise

1) Complete the most recently assigned doddle tasks and quizzes at

2) Complete the activities your teacher has set at

3) Use the Kerboodle digital textbook to create mind maps or cue cards.

4) Buy and use the relevant sections of your Revision Guide

5) Complete the revision questions under the Y10 and Y11 tabs above.



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