KS4 - (Age range 14-16) - GCSE Standard

When the GCSE examinations were 'short and sharp' each mark counted for more than one percent! Now that longer examinations are in place again this will no longer be the case, but it would be wise ot learn from the days that we had the 45 minute module exams. Every mark counts!

Markschemes tend to specify that they want the scientific vocabulary that is used in the 'syllabus description' as part of the answer. The examiners want you to use scientific vocabulary in your answers, therefore you have to know what scientific vocabulary the board you use expects of you! Learn it! Analyse the syllabus and highlight all of the key words and phrases.

I would recommend that you get a tiny notebook and write down snippets from the syllabus (or put the info on your iPad). You should pick out all of the sayings that define a term that you could quote in answers - make a 'definition book'.


In the school I taught at, we entered pupils for AQA physics. I therefore made an interactive syllabus that took you through to relevant cyberphysics pages to help with revision. This proved useful at revision time for my students.

Upon request I have now updated this resource to include the OCR syllabus - it will take a while to complete - but hopefully should prove useful for you.


Physics 8463 - GCSE Syllabus - interactive syllabus extracts
OCR 21st Century Science J259 - GCSE Syllabus B - interactive syllabus extracts