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Twenty First Century Sciences Third Edition

We're working in partnership with OCR and University of York Education Group (UYSEG) to develop new revised editions of the popular resources from the Twenty First Century Science project team, tailored to the new 2016 specification.

A free Early Start Pack containing material from the new Twenty First Century Science (9-1) resources will be available in September 2015, for schools starting to teach the new GCSEs early. The Early Start Pack will contain:

  • A term's worth of content from the Twenty First Century Science OCR B (9-1) Biology, Chemistry and Physics Student Books
  • Accompanying Teacher Handbook material
  • Student worksheets
  • Pages from the accessible Twenty First Century Science (9-1) Combined Science textbook
  • Access to online resources on Kerboodle (available October 2015)

Register for your free pack using the link below.

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Get your Twenty First Century Science Early Start Pack

Twenty First Century Science Early Start Pack

We're sending out a free Twenty First Century Science Third Edition Early Start Pack in September 2015, for schools starting to teach the new GCSE early. Sign up using the above link or by emailing your name and school details to


Twenty First Century Science Schemes of Work

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Download free Schemes of Work for Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1 to support your Year 9 teaching. These resources map the new specification to your 2011 Twenty First Century Science books so you can use them until the release of the Early Start Pack.

GCSE Science 2016 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 Sciences Third Edition