GCSE Additional Science is a useful subject to study, particularly if you are hoping to focus on biology, chemistry or physics at A Level or beyond, but it can take a lot of work to take in all of the information that you need to learn. If you want to make sure that you understand the topics covered in your course, there are some great resources online to help you to prepare for your biology, chemistry and physics exams.
1. The BBC’s GCSE Bitesize website covers Additional Science topics for the AQA, Edexcel and OCR exam boards in addition to the core biology, chemistry and physics courses. The site will be particularly useful if you are studying with one of these exam boards, but the topics that are covered will still be useful if you are following a different syllabus. The site is full of resources to help you to understand topics such as cell division, exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions, and radioactivity. The resources include plenty of activities and tests you can use to check that you have understood the explanations.
2. The Khan Academy has some interesting videos on many of the topics that are covered in additional biology, chemistry and physics, so it is worth a visit if you want to review an idea that you found particularly challenging, or if you just prefer to revise using videos. Some of the material goes beyond what is required at GCSE level, but the explanations that cover ideas on the syllabus are very clear.
3. Playback Schools is another video learning site that covers plenty of the biology, physics and chemistry topics you will study in your Additional Science GCSE. Some of the material is designed for younger students, but there are some excellent in-depth videos covering topics such as genetics.
4. The My GCSE Science website was created by the AQA exam board, but it covers a lot of the same material that is required in other Additional Science biology, chemistry and physics courses. You can find short videos here for all of the key ideas in the advanced AQA syllabus, so this is a useful resource if you want to review anaerobic respiration, rates of reaction, or any of the other topics you have covered in class.
5. Twenty First Century Science is based on the OCR Additional Science syllabus, but as with the AQA based site, a lot of the information will be relevant to the material covered by other exam boards. The site has a list of resources for the topics covered in the course, ranging from related news stories to interactive tools that can explain particular concepts.
6. Another useful revision resource for Additional Science is the Doc Brown website. It covers the AQA, Edexcel and OCR courses, providing notes summarising all of the ideas that you need to know. This site is particularly useful when used as a guide to help you review what you have learned.
7. Brain POP UK is a good resource if you want to learn more about a wide range of topics that could come up in your Additional Science course, but there is a subscription fee to access some of the content. You can try out several topics free, including black holes and food chains, which can be useful even if you don’t use the rest of the site. If you do subscribe, you can see short animations about each topic and access quizzes and other activities. There are subscription options for schools that your teacher might be interested in if you can’t access this site at home.
8. Cells Alive! is a great resource for additional biology. It has interactive cell models and tools to help you learn about cell division and other important topics.
9. Vision Learning has some useful information on many of the chemistry concepts you will need to know, including the mole and reaction energy, but you can also find some good materials on the Chemguide website, which covers some topics in more detail.
10. The Fear of Physics website is a particularly useful resource if you like to see practical demonstrations of the ideas you are studying. As well as notes explaining many of the concepts you need to understand for your exams, there are visual demonstrations that you can interact with to see how the laws of physics work.
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