AQA Science GCSE courses
Science GCSE is changing to new courses this year (2016 / 2017).
If you are starting science GCSE this year (2016/2017) then you’ll be taking one of the new science courses.
If you are halfway through your science GCSE this year, then you’ll carry on with one of the old courses such as Additional Science, Further Additional Science or Triple Science.
Details of all the AQA GCSEs are on their science GCSE website.
New AQA Science courses
Here are the main points:
Totally exam-based. There is no practical exam, although you have to do certain practicals in school.
Five basic courses, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and two combined (double) sciences with different content. So no core, additional and further additional.
All courses are linear – that is you take the exam once, at the end of the course. That means that the first exam will be in the summer of 2018.
Here are links to my pages that describe each of the new courses, along with the course codes:
Old GCSE science courses offered by AQA with links to details of content, exam times and exam papers.
Science A – Sometimes known as Core Science – this is the course normally taken in year 10. Increasingly one or more of the modules are taken, or at least studied, in year 9, now that schools don’t have to spend their time preparing students for the old SAT exams.
Science B – An alternative to science A with the same content, but delivered in a different way to emphasise science in context.
Additional Science – Taken after core science for those wishing to get a second science GCSE or going on to triple science.
Further Additional Science – A new GCSE consisting of the three extension modules.
Biology – A single GCSE in Biology made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.
Chemistry – A single GCSE in Chemistry made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.
Physics – A single GCSE in Physics made up of modules from core and additional along with an extension module.