Additional Science (4408)

This is our outgoing specification (last exams 2017).
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GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. For Key Stage 4 (KS4) learners it is a good follow on from GCSE Science A or B.

The three core Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately using Unit 2 modules from the individual subject GCSEs. This allows for co-teaching with the relevant Science GCSEs.

This specification allows subject specialists to teach the appropriate units focussing on their area of expertise, or it can be taught by an integrated Science teacher.

Teachers can choose between two routes:

  • three separate exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment, or
  • two combined exams plus the controlled assessment.

It is suitable for students of all abilities and helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills.

When combined with GCSE Science A or B it can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate if students achieve A* to C grades in both GCSEs. 

It forms part of AQA's flexible suite of GCSE Science exams designed to suit different methods of curriculum planning over two or three years. The flexibility also allows teachers to make sure that students are offered the best chance to make the most of their abilities whether in single, double or triple Science.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Additional Science
Specification code 4408
Certification code 4408 Route 1
4409 Route 2
QAN codes 60008854

Updates to Additional Science (4408)

When there are changes to the specification, updates appear here.

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