Exam Calendar


Every student will need the following items of equipment in order to complete their exams: 

• Black ink pen or black biro
• An HB pencil 
• An eraser 
• A ruler 
• A pencil sharpener 

In addition to these items, Mathematics and Science exams require: 

• A scientific calculator (students are responsible for their own calculators, including replacing batteries and making sure that the calculator is in good working order before their exam)
• A protractor
• A compass

For Design and Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Media Studies exams coloured pencils will also be required.

All equipment must be taken into the exam room in a transparent container (such as a transparent pencil case or a clear plastic bag).

Notes, timetables and revision books must be left in lockers.

Coats, bags and folders must be left in lockers and not taken into the exam venue.

A bottle of water can be brought into the venue in a clear bottle but any labels MUST be removed.

Coloured drinks and food are not permitted. 

Note - Mobile phones, watches/smartwatches, potential technological/web enabled sources of information, iPods or MP3/4 players are NOT ALLOWED in the examination venue.

Should you choose to ignore this warning you WILL be reported to the exam board and your paper may not be accepted.

Revision Resources

Get Ready for Revision resources from the University of Brighton

Get Ready for Revision 

Get Ready for Revision Techniques – Introduction https://sway.office.com/9VnoUW86eAAFjxgp?ref=Link

Get Ready Revision Techniques – Using Mind Maps https://sway.office.com/BmerPrD1S6aBMpLG?ref=Link

Get Ready Revision Techniques – Using Flash Cards https://sway.office.com/nsg3XPxfS0kgQZcc?ref=Link

Get Ready Revision Techniques – Listening https://sway.office.com/1RcCPi3fHlqXvYnq?ref=Link

OCR - How to beat procrastination info-graphic

OCR - How to manage your time info-graphic

Year 11 Revision

On the lead up to exams many year 11 students feel anxious about what they have to revise and are unsure if they are revising the correct information.

Year 11 Exam Boards

Subject Board
Computer Science OCR
Creative iMedia OCR
Design and Technology AQA
English Language AQA
English Literature AQA
Food Preparation and Nutrition EDUQAS
French AQA
Geography AQA
Health and Fitness NCFE
Mathematics OCR
Performance Skills (Music) NCFE
Photography AQA
Science - Combined Science A OCR
Sociology AQA
Spanish AQA

Below is a downloadable booklet that contains the exam timetable for November, tips on how to revise, and subject topic lists to help focus their revision over this month.

Autumn 2021 Exam Preparation Booklet

We recommend the following app that helps students to organise their time in the run-up to exams. To make the most of the app, students need to know their timetable and exam boards, so please see information above.


Other Resources

Top Revision Tips

Revision Newsletter

Improve Your Memory

Useful Websites






Y10 Revision

Year 10 Revision

Mock Preparation Guide (Word)

Mock Preparation Guide (PDF)

Y10 Revision Skills


Paper 1 English Language 
Reading fiction texts - writing about language, structure and evaluating texts. 
Creative writing telling a story using a range of descriptive writing techniques. 

Paper 1 English Literature 
Macbeth - analysing a passage and the text as a whole. 

Revision links

SCENE for creative writing
Explain scenario
Narrow to detail
Exciting ending 


Paper 2 FOUNDATION (non calc) 
Lines and order of symmetry,Multiplying and subtracting fractions,Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and 3D shapes,Mean, median, rage and interpretation,Conversion graphs - using to interpret,Time series graphs, Conversion between FDP, Understanding roots and powers including negative indices, Solving money problems, Rearranging formula, Equation of straight lines, Drawing quadratic graphs, Double ratio problems, Decimal division, Estimation - rounding, Standard form, Fibonacci sequences, Expanding single and double brackets, Factorising quadratics and solving them, Probability and sample space, decimal addition and problem solving, Reverse percentages, Transformations - enlagement, rotation, translation, Time series graphs and trends / interpretation

Paper 3 FOUNDATION (calc) 
Drawing and interpreting pictograms, BIDMAS,Converting between FDP, Interpreting wordy algebra questions, Outcomes for probability, Ordering decimals, Showing inequalities on a number line, Grouping like terms - simplifying expressions, Solving multi step equations, Wordy money problems,Percentage increase,Combinations and probability,Triangle and quadrilateral properties, Substitution into a formula, Understand and interpret indices, Find angles in pie charts, Construct the perpendicular bisector of a line, Draw and interpret pie charts, Evaluate graphs, Calculate an estimate of a mean from grouped data, Interior and exterior angles of polygons, Straight line graphs - gradient and y-intercept, Speed distance time calculations, Trigonometry, Estimation and standard form, Scale drawing and estimation, Proportional and inverse proportion graphs, Problem solving involving area and algebra.

Paper 5 HIGHER (non calc) 
Calculate with roots and integer powers, Standard form calculation, Find estimate of calculation using significant figures, Complete table, Calculate probability from table, Calculate density, Proportion problem, Evaluate results obtained, Number problem involving fractions, Calculate with reverse percentages, Complete time series graph, Interpret time series graph, Interpret time series graph, Evaluate assumption, Rearrange formula, Draw rotation, Translate by vector, Describe fully single transformation, Percentage change calculation, Find area of sector of a circle, Trigonometry in right-angled triangles, Trigonometry in right-angled triangles, Identify region on graph that satisfies inequalities, Find interquartile range from cumulative frequency graph, Interpret cumulative frequency graph, Work out next term in sequence, Find nth term in sequence, Ratio and geometry problem, Complete the square on a quadratic equation, Solve quadratic equation, Sketch graph and identify turning point, Find angle using circle theorems, Find angle using circle theorems, Algebraic proof, Algebraic proof

Paper 6 HIGHER (calc) 
Complete scatter diagram, Calculate ratio and simplify, Misrepresenting data, Calculate estimate of mean speed, Evaluate results, Problem involving standard form, Truncation and inequality symbols, Use scale of a map, Use scale of a map, Express scale of map in the form 1 : n, Ratio problem, Probability calculation, Complete tree diagram, Calculate probability using tree diagram, Interpret velocity-time graph, Interpret velocity-time graph, Work out distance travelled from velocity-time graph, Identify graph showing direct proportion, Identify graph showing inverse proportion, Sketch graph showing direct proportionality, Problems involving angles in polygons, Algebraic area problem, Calculate exact perimeter of a shape, Recurring decimals, Use subscript notation for term-to-term rules, Bounds problem, Find intersections of line and a circle, Sketch trigonometric graph, Interpret trigonometric graph, Calculate area of triangle, Parallel vectors, Vector arithmetic, Simplify algebraic fractions


Paper 1 - Biology

B1 Cell Structures: What happens in cells. Microscopes, Parts of a cell,DNA structure, enzymes. Respiration.Aerobic and anaerobic respiration, monomers of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Photosynthesis: equation, experiments to test rates, variables that affect rate 

B2 Scaling Up: Supplying the cell. diffusion, active transport, osmosis, mitosis, stem cells. The challenge of size exchange surfaces, circulatory system, heart and blood,plant transport including xylem, phloes, transpiration, translocation, potometers.

B3 Organism level systems: The nervous system. structure of nervous system, types of neurone, how responses happen, reflex arcs. The endocrine system. hormones in control systems, hormones in reproduction and contraception. Maintaining internal environments. Homeostasis, insulin and diabetes

Paper 2 - Chemistry and Physics

C1 Particles: The particle model. physical and chemical change, states of matter, state change. Atomic structure. atom scientists and their ideas, numbers of protons, neutrons, electrons and their sizes and charge. 

C2 Elements, Compounds, Mixtures: Purity and separation. Formula masses, empirical formulae, mixtures and pure substances, filtration, crystallisation, distillation, chromatography (paper, TLC, gas). Bonding. metals/non metals, periodic table (arrangement)groups and periods affecting electron configuration, ionic, covalent, metallic, giant covalent bonding, polymers, dot cross diagrams. Properties of materials. Carbon allotropes, effect of bonds on melting point, the effect of bonds on physical properties, 

P1 Matter: The particle model.as C1 particles, measuring density, mass and volume.Changes of state. Specific heat capacity, specific latent heat, energy change on heating/cooling/changing state, gas temperature and pressure relationships.

P2 Forces: Motion. Measuring speed, distance, time, convert units, vectors and scalars, distance/time and velocity/time graphs (H: using areas under graphs), acceleration, average speed for multi-part journeys. Newton’s Laws. describe interactions between objects, force diagrams, Newton’s 1st and 3rd laws, calculating work and power (H: vector diagrams of forces,terminal velocity, show balanced/unbalanced forces on diagrams and their effects, inertia, momentum, circular movement). Forces in action.elastic/plastic distortions, hooke’s law, linear and non linear extension, calculate spring constant, work done in stretching, define weight, mass and gravity, acceleration in free fall.

Revision links

Seneca learning (select GCSE Science OCR Gateway)


Weimar and Nazi Germany

● Life in Nazi Germany (youth, women, family life, standards of living) 
● Hitler’s rise to power (How he became chancellor, his control over the Nazi party, Reichstag Fire, Night of the Long Knives, Enabling Act) 
● Support for the Nazi party (Great Depression, the lean years, Munich Putsch, Hitler’s leadership)

Remember to focus on source analysis skills and the ability to read and compare interpretations.

Revision links 
GCSEPod - search Weimar and Nazi Germany 
Quizlet - search Weimar and Nazi Germany 
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjF_xTkCi7w&list=PL6in0IaKnp63Y89v2rsPch4N--HYNaokT 
Quizizz: https://quizizz.com/admin/search/weimar%20and%20nazi%
Kahoot: https://create.kahoot.it/search?filter=1&query=weimar%20


Natural Hazards - effects and responses. 
Tectonic Hazards - causes of Earthquakes and volcanoes (tectonic plates) Tectonic Hazards in contrasting countries (Nepal and Chile), Living with TH - management strategies. 
Weather Hazards - global atmospheric circulation, Tropical storms and why they develop, Effects of storms on people and the environment (Typhoon Haiyan) UK weather hazards, Somerset Level Flooding. Climate Change - evidence, causes (physical and natural) effects, managing CC 
Ecosystems - global ecosystems. Tropical Rainforests - characteristics, deforestation, economic and environmental impacts, Managing the TRF. 
Coasts - physical processes, coastal landforms, coastal landscapes (Dorset), coastal management strategies. 
River Landscapes - shape of river valleys, processes (erosion, transportation and deposition)landforms, management strategies against flooding (hard and soft engineering)

Revision links 
Seneca Learning Website - Geography AQA, then select topic.
GCSE Bitesize - Geography
New GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA Revision Guide (with Online Ed) - New Edition for 2020 exams & beyond (CGP GCSE Geography 9-1 Revision) 
GCSE AQA Geography for the grade 9-1 exams - complete revision and practice guide. ISBN: 9781 78294 613 7


For the Reading, Writing and Listening papers for Foundation Students: 
Topics to focus on: Items you can buy whilst shopping and shops 
Seasons and the weather forecast 
Holidays including types, activities and transport 
Types of jobs, activities in the workplace 
The time 
Opinions, quantifiers, time phrases 
Sporting activities 
Recycling items 
Differences between French and English Schools 
Positives and negatives of town/village life 
Forms of transport 
Hotels and facilities 
Family members 
Present tense endings 
About yourself 
Recognising questions in French

For the Reading, Writing and Listening papers for Higher Students 
Differences between French and English 
Positives and negatives of town/village life 
Time phrases and fractions 
Holiday verbs 
Character adjectives 
Higher numbers 
Family members 
Parts of the body 
Places in a town 
Jobs and skills 
Environment including recycling and pollution and key verbs 
Holidays and festival activities 
Family members 
Under the influence – social issues 
School life 
World problems - migration 
Jobs and activities 
Extreme sports 
High level adjectives 
Technology present and past tense 
Health lifestyle present and past tense 
Recognising questions in French

Revision links 
New GCSE revision guide and workbook French CGP GCSE Grades 9-1
DUOLINGO - building up additional vocabulary
BBC Bitesize Eduquas GCSE French - work through the reading, writing and listening activities.


For the Reading, Writing and Listening papers for Foundation Paper Students
Topics to focus on: 
World of work 
Free time activities 
Present tense//preterite//conditional// future simple 
Personal information 
Recognising questions in Spanish and being able to respond to them 

For the Reading, Writing and Listening papers for Higher Paper Students:
Topics to focus on:
OpinionsTransportWorld of work 
School and studies 
Free time activities 
Present tense//preterite//present perfect//conditional//future simple 
Healthy lifestyle 
Recognising questions in Spanish and being able to respond to them.

Revision links 
New GCSE revision guide and workbook Spanish CGP GCSE Grades 9-1 
GCSE Pod and SENECA -AQA GCSE Spanish 
DUOLINGO - building up additional vocabulary 
BBC Bitesize Eduquas GCSE Spanish - work through the reading, writing and listening activities.

Other Resources

Top Revision Tips
Revision Newsletter
Improve Your Memory

Useful Websites