Science A (4405)

This is our outgoing specification (last exams 2017).
For alternative specifications see:

GCSE Science A gives students a good basic knowledge of Science by studying a single unit from each of the core sciences. Teachers can choose between two routes:

  • route 1 - three separate exams are taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment
  • route 2 - two combined exams plus the controlled assessment.

Choosing Science A allows subject specialists to teach the appropriate units focusing on their area of expertise, or it can be taught by an integrated Science teacher outside their specialism.

It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

When combined with GCSE Additional Science, it can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) if students achieve A* to C grades in both GCSEs.

Science A forms part of AQA's flexible suite of GCSE science exams which offer teachers a variety of possibilities and combinations to help students achieve to the best of their abilities in single, double and 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 Science A
Specification code 4405
Certification code 4405 Route 1
4406 Route 2
QAN codes 60008921

Updates to Science A (4405)

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

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