GCSE Science Course

Our comprehensive online GCSE Science course follows the AQA specification for Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) in one academic year.

Please Note: This course is an intensive programme – to fast track your tuition and opportunity for success.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology
Paper 1. Biology Paper 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks
Paper 2. Biology Paper 2 – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks
Chemistry
Paper 1. Chemistry – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks
Paper 2. Chemistry – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks
Physics
Paper 1. Physics – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks
Paper 2. Physics – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks

The qualification will be graded on a 17-point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade. A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9. A student sitting the Higher Tier who just fails to achieve grade 4–4 will be awarded an allowed grade 4–3. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for the allowed grade 4–3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

All students are expected to carry out 21 required practical activities during the course. Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of our questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

Required practicals will be outsourced to a college local to the student and confirmed during the course. Assessment centres (local to each student) will also be confirmed during the course.

The course is taught over one academic year (starting September 2020), split into 3 terms.

Online classes are 2 hours per session. High level, fast track tuition is provided using proven methods. See the Courses Timetable for more information.

All students are expected to carry out 21 required practical activities during the course.

Homework will be set to enhance learning and informal assessments will be carried out during the course to track progress.

All essential course materials are provided i.e. textbooks. Students need their own notebooks, stationery (pens etc.), CASIO fx-991EX CLASSWIZ scientific calculator, 

Casio FX 991EX Classwiz Calculatorand Geometrical school sets (30cm ruler with metric and imperial graduations, 180 degree protractor, 45 degree set square, 60 degree set square and compass).

Geometrical School set

Additional resources are provided through a private Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – including videos and subject notes. Access is essential to enhance learning, and complete the course.

An internet connection and up-to-date browser is needed to access the online classes and VLE.

Basic understanding of science and maths. Good reading and writing skills in English.