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Twenty First Century Science Third Edition

New editions of Twenty First Century Science for the 2016 GCSE (9-1) specifications

Developed in partnership with the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) and tailored for the new 2016 OCR GCSE (9-1) specifications. As OCR's Publishing Partner for Sciences, we work with OCR throughout the development of the qualifications to deliver high quality resources. 

They support your students with the new, more demanding content and increased maths requirements, as well as all required practicals. All Student Books have entered the OCR approval process.

  • Devised and written alongside the new 2016 specifications, in partnership with the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG)
  • Resources available for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Science
  • Makes assessment and progress tracking easy, with an assessment item for every assessable learning outcome in the specification
  • Supports students of all abilities through the new, more demanding GCSEs, with separate Higher and Foundation Student Books
  • Practical skills are developed throughout the Student Books
  • Builds maths skills with worked examples and practice questions incorporated throughout
  • Accompanied by Kerboodle, with a bank of online resources to support assessment, differentiation, maths skills and practicals
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Series contains:

  • Student Books
  • Teacher Handbooks
  • Revision Guides
  • Workbooks
  • Kerboodle
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will the new qualifications look like?

    From 2016, students will be able to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Combined Science (made up of content taken from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but worth two GCSEs). Schools will be able to enter their students for just one science if they wish.
    Schools will have the option to submit their students for either Foundation or Higher tier.

  • When will the new GCSEs be introduced?

    New GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and combined science will be introduced for first teaching from September 2016. They will be first examined in Summer 2018.

    Schools teaching GCSE from Year 9 may wish to begin preparing for the new GCSE from September 2015.

  • How will the new GCSEs be graded?

    The new GCSEs will be graded 1 - 9, with 9 being the top grade, to allow greater differentiation between students. The 9 -1 structure will replace the current A*-G. Ofqual have said that broadly the same proportion of students will receive a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above. Broadly the same proportion will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve A or A*.

    Download Grading the new GCSEs in 2017 diagram from Ofqual.

  • What changes have been made to the GCSE content?

    New topics include human genome in biology, nanoparticles in chemistry, and energy and space in physics.

    There will be a stronger tie-in with GCSE maths, and maths content will be at a level up to the required content for GCSE mathematics for the relevant tier.

    Download the DfE document summarising Chemistry and Physics GCSE subject content.

  • How will the new GCSEs be assessed?

    The GCSE science qualifications will continue to be linear, with examinations at the end of the course only.

    Controlled assessment will be discontinued, so all assessment will be by exam.

  • Are the mathematical requirements changing?

    The new GCSEs will have increased and more challenging mathematical content. The maths required will be up to the level required for GCSE maths in the corresponding tier.

    Download the DfE document summarising Biology Chemistry and Physics GCSE subject content.

  • How will practical skills be assessed in the new GCSEs?

    As part of the new biology, chemistry, physics and combined science GCSEs, students will be required to show understanding of experiments, and an ability to conduct them. However, the new GCSEs will be assessed by exam only, with no controlled assessment components. The exams will contain questions specifically designed to draw on the experience students have gained from doing practical work in class.

    Each single science GCSE will require a minimum of eight practical activities, and combined science a minimum of sixteen. At least 15% of the total marks available for each GCSE will be dedicated to the scientific experimentation questions.

    Schools will be required to demonstrate that their students have covered the full range of practical work, but details of this are still to be confirmed.

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Twenty First Century Science Third Edition