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GCSE Science... Explained!

GCSE Science is a complicated business. There are lots of different subjects, several exam boards and over 100 books in the CGP GCSE Science range.
It can be hard to know what you’re looking for, so we’ve put together a few pointers to help you get started.

This page explains the “Grade A* to G” GCSE Science courses with final exams in summer 2016 and 2017. If you’re taking the new courses
starting in September 2016, head over to our Grade 9-1 GSCE Science Courses Explained page.

If you’re still stumped, just call our friendly customer services team on 0800 1712 712 or email customerservices@cgpbooks.co.uk

Are you taking two GCSEs in Science, or three?

Most students have to take at least two GCSEs in Science, and it’s often possible to choose to take three GCSEs (or International GCSEs). These are the three most common options:

Option 1

Two GCSEs = GCSE Core Science + GCSE Additional Science
If you’re taking two GCSEs, we’d recommend our Core and Additional Science books.

You can choose from:
Higher Level (predicted grades A*-C)
Foundation Level (predicted grades C-G)

(Some students take GCSE Additional Applied Science or Further Additional Science...
click here if that applies to you.)

Option 2

Three GCSEs = GCSE Biology + GCSE Chemistry + GCSE Physics
If you’re taking three GCSEs, we’d recommend our Biology, Chemistry
and Physics books.

These books cover grades A*-G.

Option 3

Three International GCSEs = Biology + Chemistry + Physics
International GCSEs are taught in schools all over the world. In the UK, these qualifications are often known as Level 1 / Level 2 Certificates.

We make books for the International GCSEs set by Edexcel and AQA.

Which exam board sets your course?

GCSE Science courses and exams are set by “exam boards”. Each board sets a slightly different syllabus, so it’s best to choose the book that matches your course exactly if possible.

We have syllabus-specific books for these GCSE exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR Gateway and OCR 21st Century For International GCSE courses, we cover the AQA Certificates and the Edexcel Certificates. (We also offer general books that cover a range of topics from all these boards.)

If you’re not sure which exam board you’re studying with, your school will be able to tell you.

Has this cleared things up?

If not, click here for details about Extension Science, Additional Applied Science, BTEC and more...

Which type of book do you need?

We’ve got Revision Guides, Workbooks, Practice Papers, Complete Revision & Practice books, Student Books and Apps for most GCSE Science subjects... visit the CGP GCSE Science Range Explained page for a brief summary of the differences between these products.