Specification at a glance

Two routes are available, to suit different methods of curriculum planning in centres:

  • Route 1 - Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 
  • Route 2 - Units 5, 6 and 4

For Route 1, candidates take separate exams in biology, chemistry and physics, together with the Controlled Assessment. For Route 2, candidates take combined exams in biology, chemistry and physics, together with the Controlled Assessment.

Route 1 (4408)
Unit 1: Biology 2
Written paper – 1 hour
60 marks – 25%
Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context
Unit 2: Chemistry 2
Written paper – 1 hour
60 marks – 25%
Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context
Unit 3: Physics 2
Written paper – 1 hour
60 marks – 25%
Structured and closed questions 

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing
50 marks – 25%
 
Controlled Assessment:
  • we set the ISAs and send you all the information before the course starts
  • you choose which of several ISAs to do and when
  • your candidates do the ISA test in class time
  • you mark their tests using marking guidance from us 
  • we moderate your marks.
Route 2 (4409)
Unit 5: Additional Science 1
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes
90 marks – 35%
Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context

Assesses:
  • Biology 2 (B2.1 to B2.4)
  • Chemistry 2 (C2.1 to C2.3)
  • Physics 2 (P2.1 to P2.3)
Unit 6: Additional Science 2
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes
90 marks – 40%
Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context

Assesses:
  • Biology 2 (B2.5 to B2.8)
  • Chemistry 2 (C2.4 to C2.7)
  • Physics 2 (P2.4 to P2.6)
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing
50 marks – 25%
 
Controlled Assessment:
  • we set the ISAs and send you all the information before the course starts
  • you choose which of several ISAs to do and when
  • your candidates do the ISA test in class time
  • you mark their tests using marking guidance from us 
  • we moderate your marks.