AQA GCSE Science A (4405)
This is the Core Science GCSE, usually taken in year 10, sometimes in year 9. It is one of two paths to AQA Science, the other being Science B. Both cover the same content, but in a different way, and the exams are organised differently.
Within Science A, schools can choose to follow route 1 or route 2. They cover the same topics, but they’re combined in different ways in the exam papers.
~ Route 1: three separate exams are taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with the controlled assessment.
~ Route 2: two combined exams (all three subjects mixed up in the same paper) plus the controlled assessment.
Links to more information:
AQA Science A webpage. Includes past and specimen exam papers, marking schemes and examiners’ reports.
Details of the two Routes. How the topics are examined.
The course specification. This is a full description of the course structure and content and how it is administered.
B1.1 Keeping healthy
B1.2 Nerves and hormones
B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs
B1.4 Interdependence and adaptation
B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains
B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals
B1.7 Genetic variation and its control
C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry
C1.2 Limestone and building materials
C1.3 Metals and their uses
C1.4 Crude oil and fuels
C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil
C1.6 Plant oils and their uses
C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere
P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred
P1.2 Energy and efficiency
P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances
P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity
P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding
In this unit, candidates use a range of practical skills and knowledge in one investigation chosen from those supplied by AQA.