KS5 GCSE Additional Science

What will I learn?

Additional Science: This covers the new Science Programme of Study. This has been developed so that students become more ‘scientifically literate’, i.e. they are able to make reasoned judgements about the science issues which may affect them in their everyday lives.

Unit 1: Biology 2

Unit 2: Chemistry 2

Unit 3: Physics 2

Unit 4: ISA – controlled assessment

How will I be assessed?

Three 60 minute (tiered) structured and closed question papers that contain at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. These papers will be sat in June.

Each paper is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.


Additional Science has a centre assessed aspect that is worth 25% of the GCSE. The ISA assesses the student’s ability to undertake a task and collect, process and evaluate data. Students carry out a practical task set by AQA, under normal laboratory conditions, they then take a written test under controlled conditions.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for progression onto A level sciences. The development of science in a modern society is essential for economic growth. It increasingly plays a part in our everyday lives. The list of career opportunities is almost endless. They range from the medical profession, i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, public health and dentistry, to construction engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Opportunities also occur in computing, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. Scientists also form an important part of the aerospace industry, industrial chemical manufacturing, textiles and car industry.

Who should I contact for additional information?

Course contact:  suzanne.squair@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Exam board information: AQA