New GCSE Science (9-1) Exam

Taught from 2016, examined in 2018

OCR Gateway Combined Science

  • All exams will be sat at the end of the two year course.
  • Six papers each with Section A - multiple choice questions (10 marks) and Section B - structured questions including extended response (50 marks) lasting 1 hour 10 minutes. ⅙ of total marks each.
  • Grade 9 to 1 will replace the familiar A* to G grading scale.

OCR Gateway Biology or Chemistry or Physics A

Subject Specification Samples
OCR Combined Science A

OCR Biology A
OCR Chemistry A
OCR Physics A

GCSE Biology A
B1: Cell level systems
  • Cell structures; what happens in cells; respiration; photosynthesis
B2: Scaling up
  • Supplying the cell; the challenges of size
B3: Organism level systems
  • Coordination and control - the nervous system;
  • coordination and control - the endocrine system;
  • maintaining internal environments
B4: Community level systems
  • Ecosystems
B5: Interaction between systems
  • Inheritance; natural selection and evolution
B6: Global challenges
  • Monitoring and maintaining the environment; feeding the human race; monitoring and maintaining health
Chemistry A
C1: Particles
  • The particle model; atomic structure; atoms; molecules
C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Separating mixtures; bonding; properties of materials
C3: Chemical reactions
  • Chemical reactions; energy changes; types of chemical reactions; electrolysis
C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
  • Predicting chemical reactions; identification of products of chemical reactions
C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • Yield; atom economy; rate of reactions; equilibria
C6: Global challenges
  • Improving processes and products; organic chemistry; composition of the atmosphere
Physics A
P1: Matter
  • The particle model; changes of state; pressure in gases and liquids
P2: Forces
  • Motion; Newton's Laws; fields and forces causing changes
P3: Electricity
  • Static and charge; simple circuits; electrical current, potential difference and resistance
P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
  • Magnets and magnetic fields; uses of magnetic fields
P5: Waves in matter
  • Behaviour of mechanical and electromagnetic waves; the electromagnetic spectrum
P6: Radioactive decay - waves and particles
  • Radioactive emissions; radioactive decay
P7: Energy
  • Work done; power and efficiency
P8: Global challenges
  • How objects are affected by external factors; electricity production; characteristics of planets

The new Gateway Combined Science A qualification contains a reduced proportion of the content shown for Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics A.