GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Science is all the stuff in the universe: from the tiniest subatomic particles in an atom of the metal in your computer's circuits, to the nuclear reactions that made the immense ball of gas that is our sun, to the complex chemical reactions and electrical signals within your own body that allow you to read and understand these words.

“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on”.  Jacques Yves Cousteau

Course description

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students spend a substantial amount of their school week following the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. This takes a practical and investigative approach and leads to a single GCSE qualification in each of the Sciences. There are many opportunities for enrichment work and extension work. Throughout their upper school work, students are taught by members of staff with specialist topic expertise.

Exam board

  • AQA

Course code

  • 8461 (biology)
  • 8462 (chemistry)
  • 8463 (physics)

 Exam board website

 Link to past papers


  • Assessment is by short test using past exam questions at the end of each topic, approximately every 4 to 5 weeks.  In addition there will be formal mock exams at the end of Year 10.  The final grade is achieved through terminal assessment at the end of Year 11.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Encourage your child to discuss their current work with you and to follow current scientific and technological issues and stories in the media.  All assessments will require careful revision.          

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