One inevitable consequence of the introduction of a new system is that students do not have a large bank of past exam papers to be used for exam practice.
(This guide deals solely with the GCSE system in England).
There are three GCSE exam boards in England: AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
The entire GCSE system has gone through a complete overhaul over the last few years.
The changes were first introduced for Maths and English, with GCSEs under the new 9-1 system taking place in 2017.
The specification (what many parents would call the ‘syllabus’) lists all the topics and learning objectives that a student must cover during their entire GCSE course.
The new 9-1 specification has been updated substantially and includes more content and more challenging subject content than the old specification.My GCSE Science video tutorials deal specifically with mandatory practicals.These are available by clicking the “Practicals” button at the top of the video dashboard.There is no coursework in the new linear system, but practical work (scientific experiments) remains an integral part of the GCSEs.Each exam board has specified certain practicals that are mandatory for all students.The following blogs explain how to use maths skills in the exams: science subjects. It can cause confusion because, when parents were at school, “Double Science” meant two of the three science subjects.All GCSE Science students (both Double and Triple students on all three exam boards) will take a total of six papers, two for each subject, on the following dates: Each Double Science paper will have a duration of 1h 15m (AQA) or 1h 10m (Edexcel and OCR), while each Triple Science paper will have a duration of 1h 45m.Under the new system, the GCSEs are completely linear. The merits of linear system vs a modular system are debatable and there are pros and cons to each approach.But the fact is that a linear system has now been adopted and that means that a student’s performance during the final GCSE exams this summer is critical to the grade they achieve.Based on guidance from school, students must choose whether to sit Foundation tier or Higher tier (and they must then take all six papers at the same tier).My GCSE Science covers both Foundation tier need to cover in our video tutorials is labelled ‘HT’ in our Revision Checklists and highlighted with a ‘HT’ logo on the video tutorials.