AQA GCSE Additional Science (4408)

AQA GCSE Additional Science

There are two routes:

Route 1: three papers covering biology, chemistry and physics separatedly, plus a Controlled Assessment. Code 4408.

Route 2: two papers, each combining biology, chemistry and physics, plus a Controlled Assessment. Code 4409.

Links to more information:

The AQA Additional Science webpage.

The course specification.

Exam papers, marking schemes and examiners’ reports.

Course content


B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport
B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems
B2.3 Photosynthesis
B2.4 Organisms and their environment
B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses
B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
B2.7 Cell division and inheritance
B2.8 Speciation


C2.1 Structure and bonding
C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances
C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry
C2.4 Rates of reaction
C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions
C2.6 Acids, bases and salts
C2.7 Electrolysis


P2.1 Forces and their effects
P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down
P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits
P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances
P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions
P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Unit 4 – Controlled assessment

In this unit, candidates use a range of practical skills and knowledge in one investigation chosen from those supplied by AQA.

2 Responses to AQA GCSE Additional Science (4408)

  1. GCSE Student April 5, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Thank you so much for posting the ‘knowledge checklist’ as I call it, so helpful. I know what topics to revise now.
    Thanks 😀

  2. Grateful Parent May 4, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks for publishing this information – I’ve been searching in vain for past papers on AQA site, this is the only place which clearly states there are none as it’s a new course.

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