Separate Sciences
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Curriculum Leader of Science - Miss O'Connor

Why study AQA GCSE Separate Sciences?

This course will provide you with three separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  

The course will provide you with the foundations for understanding the material world.

Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. 

You will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of

science.  You will develop an appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena

of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating

to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.


What will I study?

You will study a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to a greater depth than the Combined Science-Trilogy course:


GCSE Biology

Paper 1: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology


GCSE Chemistry

Paper 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes

Paper 2: The rate and extent of Chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources


GCSE Physics

Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

Paper 2: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics


What happens in lesson?

You will be taught each of the areas of science within discrete topics.  Each topic will encompass a range of practical and theory based lessons to develop the skills required for assessment. There are an additional 29 required practical’s (11 in Biology, 8 in Chemistry and 10 in Physics) which you will carry out throughout the course which will account for 15 % of the questions during examination.


How will I be assessed?

This qualification is linear.  This means that you will sit all your exams at the end of the course.  There are six papers across the three GCSE’s: two biology, two chemistry and two physics.  Each exam is out of 100 marks and will last 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration. They are equally weighted, each accounting for 50 % of the individual GCSEs. 


What skills will I need?

A range of skills are required for this course which is broken down in to three assessment objectives:

AO1 (40%): Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Scientific ideas; and Scientific techniques and procedures.


AO2 (40%): Apply knowledge and understanding of: Scientific ideas; and Scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.


AO3 (20%): Analyse information and ideas to: interpret; evaluate; make judgements; draw conclusions; develop experimental procedures; and improve experimental procedures.