Double Science – Science A and Additional Science
GCSE PREPARATION
Your child will be taking their Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics exams
in May/June 2015. VERY SOON, they will NEED to begin revising for this exam. The
topics to be examined are:
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Unit 1
Unit 2
 Diet, exercise and how do our
 Cells, specialised cells and
bodies defend themselves
diffusion.
against diseases.
 Animal and plant organs.
 Nerves and hormones.
 Photosynthesis.
 Use and abuse of drugs.
 Distribution of organisms and
 Adaptations and
quadrats.
environmental changes.
 Proteins and enzymes.
 Energy and biomass in food
 Aerobic and anaerobic
chains.
respiration.
 Decay and the carbon cycle.
 Cell division and inheritance,
 Variation and reproduction
genetic variation and genetic
 Evolution
disorders.
 Speciation and extinction.
 Atoms, the periodic table and
 Structure and bonding.
chemical reactions.
 Properties and uses of materials
 Limestone and building
including ionic, covalent, metallic,
materials.
polymers and nanotechnology.
 Extracting metals, alloys and
 Atomic structure, analysing
properties of metals.
substances, quantitative
 Crude oil and fuels.
chemistry and reversible
 Useful substances from
reactions.
crude oil.
 Rates of reaction.
 Plant oils and their uses.
 Exothermic and endothermic
 Changes in the Earth and its
reactions.
atmosphere.
 Acids, bases and salts.
 Electrolysis.
 Infrared radiation, kinetic
 Resultant forces, acceleration,
theory, heat transfer and
braking, terminal velocity and
insulating buildings.
elasticity.
 Energy transfer and
 Kinetic energy of speeding up
efficiency.
and slowing down including
 Power, energy and cost.
momentum.
 Methods of generating
 Static and electrical circuits.
electricity.
 Mains electricity.
 Waves – light, sound and
 Atomic structure and radiation.
electromagnetic, red-shift.
 Nuclear fission and fusion.
Sources of revision:
 Exercise books
 Text book
 Tests and targeted areas from lessons
 Revision guides available from the Science department. £2.75 for each Science.
 BBC bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
 Class tasks.
 Home revision: individual and group.
 Tuesday drop-in sessions after-school in the Science pod.
 AQA website for past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse
Pupils need to focus chiefly on four areas:
 Subject knowledge and understanding of topics listed above – they may need to apply
their knowledge to new situations or circumstances.
 Exam technique skills – exam command words are covered in lessons and will be
covered again in revision sessions - http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-GCSESCIENCE-COMMAND-WORDS.PDF
 Literacy - students need to answer longer response questions e.g. Quality of Written
Communication questions are worth 6 marks. Students will also need to use specific
keywords and learn definitions.
 Numeracy – students will need to be able to interpret data from tables and graphs as
well as drawing their own. They will also need to carry out some calculations in each
paper.
Equipment – in order to be fully prepared for their lessons and exams students will need:
 Stationery – pens (black ink), pencil, eraser, sharpener and ruler.
 Calculator.
All of the above are covered in lessons BUT they need to be reinforced independently by
pupils, ideally with your support.
Should you have any questions then please contact your child’s relevant teacher.
 Miss A Young
-Curriculum Leader for Science (set 5 Biology)
 Ms D Cruickshanks
-Curriculum Responsibility for Science (set 3 Physics)
 Ms A Gonzales
-Curriculum Responsibility for Science (sets 3& 6 Biology)
 Mr A Ali
-Set 4 and 6 Physics
 Ms I Idowu
-Set 3 and 5 Chemistry
 Ms J Cutts
-Set 6 Chemistry
 Ms K Myers
-Set 5 Physics
 Miss N Bansel
-Set 4 Biology
 Mr Y Mohammed
-Set 4 Chemistry
 Mrs Y Qasim
-Higher-level Teaching Assistant – Intervention groups
ALLERTON GRANGE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
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