GCSE Science


Examination Subject:

Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics or Combined Science

Qualification:  GCSE

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Tiers of Entry:  Separate sciences (H)/

Combined Science (double) H / F

Science is a compulsory subject

The aims of the course are to encourage and enable students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world. We also embolden our students to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific and other contexts. We inspire students to think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts.

Course Content and Assessment: 

                          Biology – paper 1                                               

Biology – paper 2                             

Key concepts in Biology

Key concepts in Biology

Cells and control

Plant structures and their functions


Animal coordination, control and

Natural selection and genetic

Exchange and transport in animals

Health, disease and development of

Ecosystems and material cycles

Due to the nature of the criteria, the content for Combined Science and for separate Biology is intertwined. The nine topics we have for Combined Science are the same nine topics we have for separate Biology. There is additional content which goes into more depth within each of those topics to cover the additional material required for separate science


Chemistry – paper 1                               

Chemistry – paper 2                        

Key concepts in Chemistry

Key concepts in Chemistry

States and matter and mixtures

Groups in the periodic table

Chemical changes (acids and electrolytic

Rates of reaction and energy changes

Extracting metals and equilibria

Fuels and Earth science

*Separate Chemistry 1 (transition metals, quantitative analysis, dynamic
equilibria, chemical cells and fuel cells)

*Separate Chemistry 2 (qualitative analysis, hydrocarbons, polymers, alcohols and carboxylic acids, bulk and surface properties of matter including

*Separate Chemistry only


Physics –    paper 1                                     

Physics -    paper 2                      

Key concepts in Physics

Key concepts in Physics

Motion and forces

Energy – forces doing work

Conservation of energy

Forces and their effects


Electricity and circuits

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Static electricity*


Magnetism and the motor effect


Electromagnetic induction


Forces and matter

*Separate Physics only. For some topics, the content split is the same across Combined Science and separate Physics but Physics students will study the topic in more depth. However, some topics (indicated by an asterisk) are only taught in the separate Physics GCSE

 The exam board link for our Edexcel GCSE Sciences specifications is below: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html


Homework for all years is given once a week. The homework takes the form of a three-week cycle. Two homework assignments should be written and one homework is online. The nature and subject of the homework becomes deeper as the years develop. The electronic homework is given via the following website https://www.educake.co.uk/


Recommended revision guides:

For GCSE Combined Science

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Foundation or Higher) Revision Guide

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Foundation or Higher) Revision Workbook

For Separate Sciences

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Higher Revision Guide

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Higher Revision Workbook

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Higher Revision Guide

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Higher Revision Workbook

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Higher Revision Guide

·         Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Higher Revision Workbook

Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free.

All years have access to electronic versions of textbooks used in lessons. Your child will be given log in details and will access the resources via the following website - https://www.activeteachonline.com/.

Your child will also be given log in details which enable them to access online formative assessments and homework using Educake. The address is https://www.educake.co.uk/


Students may progress to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics A level if the obtain a good GCSE grade.  Other options might include the International Baccalaureate (IB) or even an Apprenticeship where you work for an employer and train to do a specific job at the same time.


The career opportunities related to science are numerous and wide ranging; both within and outside the field of science. Here are a few top paying science related ones:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Hydrologists
  • Geoscientists
  • Medical scientists
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Atmospheric scientists
  • Materials scientists
  • Physicists
  • Astronomers
  • Biological scientists
  • Education 

Science 3

For more details please email the Head of Department Miss Carlin at CarlinC@bp.lewisham.sch.uk