GCSE 21st Century Science (OCR)

Year 11 science, J242

A single science GCSE with nine modules: biology (B4,B5, B6), chemistry (C4,C5,C6), physics (P4,P5,P6) and an assessment.


GCSE Science change from A* to G → 9-1

GCSE Science is changing for year 10's from September 2016, examined in June 2018. Details here.

21st Century Science past papers

From June 2014 individual science papers were introduced
Date Found:B4 B5 B6 Higher:B4 B5 B6 Found:C4 C5 C6 Higher:C4 C5 C6 Found:P4 P5 P6 Higher:P4 P5 P6
June 2014

Date Found:B4 C4 P4 Higher:B4 C4 P4 Found:B5 C5 P5 Higher:B5 C5 P5 Found:B6 C6 P6 Higher:B6 C6 P6
Jun 2013
Jan 2013    


21st Century science Syllabus

B4: The processes of life
  • How do chemical reactions take place in living things?
  • How do plants make food?
  • How do living organisms obtain energy?
C4: Chemical patterns
  • What are the patterns in the properties of elements?
  • How do chemists explain the patterns in the properties of elements?
  • How do chemists explain the properties of compounds of Group 1 and Group 7 elements?
P4: Explaining motion
  • How can we describe motion?
  • What are forces?
  • What is the connection between forces and motion?
  • How can we describe motion in terms of energy changes?
B5: Growth and development
  • How do organisms develop?
  • How does an organism produce new cells?
  • How do genes control growth and development within the cell
C5: Chemicals of the natural environment
  • What types of chemicals make up the atmosphere?
  • What reactions happen in the hydrosphere?
  • What types of chemicals make up the Earth's lithosphere?
  • How can we extract useful metals from minerals?
P5: Electric circuits
  • Electric current - a flow of what?
  • What determines the size of the current in an electric circuit and the energy it transfers?
  • How do parallel and series circuits work?
  • How is mains electricity produced? How are voltages and currents induced?
  • How do electric motors work?
B6: Brain and mind
  • How do animals respond to changes in their environment?
  • How is information passed through the nervous system?
  • Can reflex responses be learned?
  • How do humans develop more complex behaviour?
C6: Chemical synthesis
  • Chemicals and why we need them
  • Planning, carrying out and controlling a chemical synthesis
P6: Radioactive materials
  • Why are some materials radioactive?
  • How can radioactive materials be used and handled safely, including wastes?

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