Edexcel GCSE Sciences (2016)

Supporting success in science

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Specification

Specification

Specification - Combined Science
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Specification codes:
1SC0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Specification - Biology
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Specification codes:
1BI0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Specification - Chemistry
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Specification codes:
1CH0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Specification - Physics
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Specification codes:
1PH0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018
GCSE Sciences 2016: What's changing

GCSE Sciences 2016: What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

Kathryn Booth, our Senior Manager for Science qualifications, talks through the recent specification changes for the new (9-1) GCSE.

●  From September 2016, there are 4 GCSE qualifications in science that students can take:

GCSE (9-1) Biology
 
GCSE (9–1) Chemistry GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Double Award)
GCSE (9–1) Physics  
  • There will no longer be a single GCSE Science qualification.
  • There will be a new 9–1 grading system, replacing A*–G:
    • Foundation tier will cover grades 1–5
    • Higher tier will cover grades 4-9.
  • There are no controlled assessments in the new qualifications. Ofqual will announce how practical skills will be assessed soon.
  • Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 15% of the assessments. There will also be some recall of equations required in physics.
  • Specifications will include new content, in line with subject criteria outlined by the Department for Education.

Our approach

We want to make sure our GCSE Sciences for 2016 are shaped by you, for your students, to help them achieve their best. That’s why we’re working with hundreds of teachers and the science education community to design our brand new qualifications.

Our aim: to create courses that will help your students engage with the fundamentals of science and fulfil their potential.

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GCSE (9-1) Science - Supporting success in science

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Teaching support

We'll provide extensive support for you to plan, teach and assess GCSE Science 2015 successfully, and opportunities for training and development.

Whatever guidance you're looking for, we're here to help.

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Stephen Nugus, Science subject advisor
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UK: 020 7010 2190
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2190

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