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

Science Explanations

The GCSE Science course features many of the major theories of science, presented in a way that will encourage young people to appreciate their significance.

No one can be said to be 'scientifically literate' unless they understand some science. But what matters is to have a broad understanding of the main scientific explanations that give us a framework for making sense of the world around us. In GCSE Science the science explanations are taught alongside Ideas about Science.

We want people to understand these major science explanations and be able to apply them. We do not want them to get bogged down in intricate detail. We avoid introducing so much complexity that many simply switch off.

The following Science Explanations have been chosen because we think they have something important to tell us all about ourselves, our environment and our place in the Universe:

  • Chemicals;
  • Chemical change;
  • Materials and their properties;
  • The interdependence of living things;
  • The chemical cycles of life;
  • Cells as the basic units of living things;
  • Maintenance of life;
  • The gene theory of inheritance;
  • The theory of evolution by natural selection;
  • The germ theory of disease;
  • Responding to stimuli;
  • Energy sources and use;
  • Radiation;
  • Radioactivity;
  • The Earth;
  • The Solar System;
  • The Universe.