Science B (4500)

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GCSE Science B aims to give students an understanding of how Science affects and applies to everyday life by putting Science in context. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics content is integrated to show how Science is everywhere in our lives.

The specification is based on themes rather than the different scientific disciplines. It aims to give students an understanding of basic scientific concepts in a way that brings them to life and makes the knowledge relevant, rather than look at Science for its own sake. It also gives students an insight into why the work of scientists is important.

It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Science or not. It encourages students to develop practical scientific skills.

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

It 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.

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Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Science B
Specification code 4500
QAN codes 60007734

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