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KS4 Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : GCSE Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA)

What is the qualification?

The GCSE separate science course leads to three separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics. To study the separate sciences you must be working at a grade 4 in science and be achieving a 4 in both mathematics and English.

What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

You will study the same topics as those students studying the GCSE combined science courses, however, as separate science students, each topic will be covered in more detail. There will be required practicals you will need to carry out, and whilst there are no controlled assessment components, you may be asked about the practical work in your final examinations. The course is 100% examination and you will sit two 1 hour 45 minute examinations per science at the end of Year 11. You will be taught by three science teachers and have separate lessons for biology, chemistry and physics.


The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10
Year 11All examinations (six papers)

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

To be successful in the separate sciences you have to be dedicated and have a real interest in science. You must have good mathematical skills and an ability to think logically. You should be able to analyse and evaluate data and draw accurate conclusions. You will need to be able to apply your knowledge to novel situations.

What could I use this qualification for?

You could use this qualification to study any of the sciences at A level. Good GCSE science grades are essential for many university courses.