A suite of GCSE science courses developed in partnership with the University of York

Revision FAQs

All through this section in the academic year 2011/12, remember that you need 2006 specification (1st OUP edition) resources for Year 11 and 2011 specification (2nd OUP edition) resources for Year 10.

What is available for student revision for the GCSE Science course?

How can we prepare our GCSE Science students for their Unit 4 (Ideas in context) exam?

What is available for student revision for Additional Applied Science?

What is available for student revision for the Additional Science course?

What is available for revision for GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Biology?


What is available for student revision for the Science course?

The Oxford University Press student books are of course a good place to start.

In the 1st edition GCSE Science books there is a two-page spread at the end of each module setting out what students need to know. This includes both 'Science explanations' and 'Ideas about science'. See 1st edn publications from OUP.

In the 2nd edition GCSE Science books at the end of each module there is a summary of what students need to know, a mind map, and some review questions. See 2nd edn publications from OUP.

Students could use a copy of these as a checklist.

OUP also publish Twenty First Century Science workbooks and revision guides. See 1st edn publications from OUP and 2nd edn publications from OUP. Answers for the 2006 workbooks are available online on the OUP website.

If you are a private individual you can order OUP student books, workbooks and revision guides by calling 01536 452640.

Teachers could use selective slides from the OUP iPack / OxBox as prompts, getting students to identify key ideas in each module. Other prompts could be experiments, or newspaper headlines. For the 2nd edition OUP have published an Exam Preparation and Assessment OxBox, which contains lots of support based around practice questions and assessment tasks. Teachers will also have access to OCR Sample Assessment Materials at Foundation and Higher level for GCSE Science. 

The OCR specification describes the requirements of the course in detail. You can download the 2006 specification and the 2011 specification from the OCR website.


How can we prepare our GCSE Science students for their Unit 4 (Ideas in context) exam?

This question and answer only applies to the 2006 specification.

Unit 4 has three questions, one each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each question relates to one of the GCSE Science modules. Different question types are shown in the Sample Assessment Material for Unit 4 on the OCR website.

OCR will post out the pre-release (stimulus) material for these questions mid-March. Centres should receive it before Easter.

After Easter, you could do one week of preparation as a department, rotating students around Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialists if you use them, or if not, one lesson on each subject area.

Here are some suggestions. You may have other ideas.

  • Do a brief revision session on the module, using media headlines (contemporary if relevant) and images from the OUP iPack, to set the mood. Read through OCR's stimulus material and build up a spider diagram of key concepts related to this - either as class, or students working in groups using the textbook to help them.
  • Question-spotting - each group comes up with two questions they could ask about the article - one a Science Explanation and one an Idea About Science. (The OUP Revision Guide might also be useful here, to generate ideas.)
  • Go through the students' questions, then ask each group to come up with another two ... and so on, until you've exhausted it.

The teacher might have pre-prepared a list of, say, twelve questions. You could make this into a game - can the class get all questions on the teachers' list? (Be reasonably flexible about actual wording of questions - accept any question based on the same idea.)

Remind your students that Unit 4 questions can be from any Idea about Science (IaS), not necessarily just the ones studied in each particular module, although these are by far the most obvious ones. For example, it is possible to assess IaS1 'Data' in a question about B1 'You and your genes', even though IaS1 is not explicitly taught in B1).

For weaker students, you might not push this last point. Focus them on just the Ideas about Science in the three modules that the stimulus material indicates.


What is available for student revision for Additional Applied Science?

The Oxford University Press student books are of course a good place to start.

The Additional Applied Science books cover almost everything students need to know and understand. The 2nd edition student books include a summary, mind map and review questions at the end of each topic. Actively using the glossaries is also a particularly good way of revising. 

OUP also publish Twenty First Century Science workbooks and revision guides. See 1st edn publications from OUP and 2nd edn publications from OUP. Answers for the 2006 workbooks are available online on the OUP website.

If you are a private individual you can order OUP publications by calling 01536 452640.

Teachers could use selective slides from the OUP iPack / OxBox as prompts, getting students to identify key ideas in each module. Other prompts could be experiments. Teachers will also have access to OCR Sample Assessment Materials at Foundation and Higher level. 

The OCR specification describes the requirements of the course in detail. You can download the 2006 specification and the 2011 specification from the OCR website.

What is available for student revision for the GCSE Additional Science course?

The Oxford University Press textbooks are of course a good place to start.

In the 1st edition GCSE Additional Science books there is a two-page spread at the end of each module setting out what students need to know. See 1st edn publications from OUP.

In the 2nd edition GCSE Additional Science books at the end of each module there is a summary of what students need to know, a mind map, and some review questions. See 2nd edn publications from OUP.

Students could use a copy of these as a checklist.

OUP also publish Twenty First Century Science workbooks and revision guides. See 1st edn publications from OUP and 2nd edn publications from OUP. Answers for the 2006 workbooks are available online on the OUP website.

If you are a private individual you can order OUP student books, workbooks and revision guides by calling 01536 452640.

Teachers could use selective slides from the OUP iPack / OxBox as prompts, getting students to identify key ideas in each module. Other prompts could be experiments, or newspaper headlines. For the 2nd edition OUP have published an Exam Preparation and Assessment OxBox, which contains lots of support based around practice questions and assessment tasks. Teachers will also have access to OCR Sample Assessment Materials at Foundation and Higher level for GCSE Additional Science. 

The OCR specification describes the requirements of the course in detail. You can download the 2006 specification and the 2011 specification from the OCR website.

What is available for revision for GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Biology?

As a start, see our notes on:
GCSE Science revision

and
GCSE Additional Science revision

In addition, OUP have produced a dedicated revision guide for each of GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Biology. See 1st edn publications from OUP and 2nd edn publications from OUP