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GCSE Single Award Science

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Single Award Science specification introduces key aspects of science and its methodology. It gives students a broad overview of topics as relevant and varied as cells, food and diet in biology, atomic structure and the Periodic Table in chemistry, and electrical circuits and waves in physics.

This broad, practical course can help students appreciate the value of science while preparing them for related vocational studies or the world of work.

Our GCSE science specifications are the only ones to directly assess practical work, an important element of the subject, as part of a unit titled Practical Skills. There is also a written, timetabled examination for each of the four units in the specification.

All parts of the assessment are externally marked.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Single Award Science is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Biology
  • Unit 2: Chemistry
  • Unit 3: Physics
  • Unit 4: Practical Skills.

(PDF), Last Updated: 08 November 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 July 2018
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

S/IF/59/18 - October 2018 - Apparatus and Materials Lists and Confidential Instructions for the Practical Skills Assessment Unit (Booklet A)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 November 2018

S/IF/60/18 - October 2018 - Instructions to Teachers: October 2018 Uploads
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 November 2018

S-IF-56-17 GCSE Sciences (New)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 October 2017

GCSE Assessment Arrangements
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

S/IF/33/19 - April 2019 - GCSE Sciences (SA & DA) - GCSE Examinations Timetable Summer 2020
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

S/IF/31/19 - April 2019 - GCSE Science Practical Assessment Answer Booklets: Collection date
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 26 July 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 26 September 2017

Practical Skills Assessment

Unit 4: Practical Skills includes two parts. For Booklet A, students carry out two practical tasks in the laboratory under exam conditions. Booklet B is a written practical theory exam, with questions based on any of the prescribed practical tasks from the specification.


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Past Papers

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