GCSE AQA Science Required Practicals

Summer Changes to Exam 2022 Required Practical’s (Biology)

 

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Biology Required practical in Paper 1 and Paper 2

GCSE AQA Combined Science Foundation (Biology) Paper 1: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 1: how a light microscope is used to observe plant cells.
• Required practical activity 3: investigate the effect of a range of concentrations of salt solution on the mass of plant tissue.
• Required practical activity 4: use qualitative reagents to test for a range of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
• Required practical activity 6: investigate the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis using an aquatic organism such as pondweed.

Paper 2: Required practical activity that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 7: measure the population size of a common species in a habitat. Use sampling techniques to investigate the effect of a factor on the distribution of this species

GCSE AQA Combined Science Higher (Biology) Paper 1: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 3: use qualitative reagents to test for a range of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
• Required practical activity 4: investigate the effect of pH on the rate of reaction of amylase enzyme.
• Required practical activity 5: investigate the effect of light on the rate of photosynthesis of an aquatic plant such as pondweed.

Paper 2: Required practical activity that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 7: measure the population size of a common species in a habitat. Use sampling techniques to investigate the effect of a factor on the distribution of this species.

GCSE AQA Biology Foundation Paper 1: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 1: how a light microscope is used to observe plant cells.
• Required practical activity 3: investigate the effect of a range of concentrations of salt solution on the mass of plant tissue.
• Required practical activity 4: use qualitative reagents to test for a range of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
• Required practical activity 6: investigate the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis using an aquatic organism such as pondweed.

Paper 2: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 7: carry out an investigation into human reaction times.
• Required practical activity 8: investigate the effect of light on the growth of newly germinated seedlings.
• Required practical activity 9: measure the population size of a common species in a habitat

GCSE AQA Biology Higher Paper 1: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 1: use a light microscope to observe plant cells.
• Required practical activity 3: investigate the effect of a range of concentrations of salt
solution on the mass of plant tissue.
• Required practical activity 4: use qualitative reagents to test for a range of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.

Paper 2: Required practical activities that will be assessed:
• Required practical activity 8: investigate the effect of light on the growth of newly germinated seedlings.
• Required practical activity 9: measure the population size of a common species in a habitat.

GCSE AQA Required Practical Biology Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE Biology Hyperlink
Microscopy of plant cells Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE Biology [Higher and Foundation] Practical Microscopy
Osmosis Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE Biology [Higher and Foundation] Practical Osmosis
Food Tests Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE Biology [Higher and Foundation] Practical Food Tests
Enzymes Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE Biology [Higher and Foundation] Practical  Enzymes
Photosynthesis Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE [Higher and Foundation] Practical Photosynthesis
Germination and Response Single Science GCSE Biology [Higher and Foundation] Practical Germination and Tropisms
Population Size Combined Double Award and/or Single Science GCSE [Higher and Foundation] Practical Population Size
Advance information for GCSE AQA Chemistry Summer 2022 Summer Changes to Exam 2022 Required Practical’s (Chemistry)
GCSE AQA Combined Science Foundation (Chemistry) Chemistry Required practical in Paper 1 and Paper 2:GCSE AQA Combined Science Foundation (Chemistry)Paper 1: Required practical activity 8: preparation of a pure, dry soluble salt from insoluble oxide or carbonate, using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid with water bath and / or electric heater to evaporate the solution.
Required practical activity 9: investigate what happens when aqueous solutions are electrolysed using inert electrodes. This should be an investigation involving developing a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 10: investigate the variables that affect temperature changes in reacting solutions such as, eg, acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations, and metals displacement.

Paper 2: Required practical activity 11: investigate how changes in concentration affect the rates of
reactions by a method involving measuring the volume of a gas produced and a method
involving a change in colour or turbidity. This is an investigation involving developing a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 12: investigate how paper chromatography can be used to separate and tell the difference between coloured substances. Students should calculate Rf values

GCSE AQA Combined Science Higher (Chemistry) Higher (Chemistry)

Paper 1: Required practical activity 8: preparation of a pure, dry sample of soluble salt with insoluble oxide or carbonate, using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid with water bath and / or electric heater to evaporate the solution.
Required practical activity 9: investigate what happens when aqueous solutions are electrolysed using inert electrodes. This is an investigation involving developing a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 10: investigate the variables that affect temperature changes in
reacting solutions such as, eg, acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations, displacement of metals.

Paper 2: Required practical activity 11: Determine how changes in concentration affect the rates of
reactions by a method involving measuring the volume of a gas produced and a method involving a change in colour or turbidity. This should be an investigation involving developing a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 12: investigate how paper chromatography can be used to separate to tell the difference between coloured substances. Students should calculate Rf values.

GCSE AQA Chemistry Foundation GCSE AQA Chemistry Foundation Paper 1: Required practical activities that will be assessed Required practical activity 1: preparation of a pure, dry sample of soluble salt from an insoluble oxide or carbonate, using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid and a water bath or electric heater to evaporate the solution.
Required practical activity 2: determination of the reacting volumes of solutions of a strong acid and a strong alkali by titration.
Required practical activity 4: Variables affecting temperature changes in reacting solutions eg, acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations, displacement of metals.

Paper 2: Required practical activities assessed:

Required practical activity 5: investigate how changes in concentration affect the rates of reactions by a method involving measuring the volume of a gas produced and a method involving a change in colour or turbidity. This should be an investigation developing a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 6:
investigate how paper chromatography can be used to separate and tell the difference between coloured substances. Students should calculate Rf values.
Required practical activity 7:
use of chemical tests to identify the ions in unknown single ionic compounds covering the ions from sections Flame tests through to Sulfates.
Required practical activity 8:
analysis and purification of water samples from different
sources, including pH, dissolved solids and distillation

GCSE AQA Chemistry Higher GCSE AQA Chemistry Higher Paper 1:

Required practical activities assessed: 

Required practical activity 1: preparation of a pure, dry sample of a soluble salt from an
insoluble oxide or carbonate, using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid and a water bath or
electric heater to evaporate the solution.
Required practical activity 2: determination of the reacting volumes of solutions of a strong acid and a strong alkali by titration.
Required practical activity 4: investigate the variables that affect temperature changes in
reacting solutions such as, eg, acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations and displacement of metals

Paper 2: Required practical activities assessed:

Required practical activity 5: investigate how changes in concentration affect the rates of reactions by a method involving measuring the volume of a gas produced and a method involving a change in colour or turbidity. This investigation develops a hypothesis.
Required practical activity 7: use of chemical tests to identify the ions in unknown single ionic compounds covering the ions from sections Flame tests through to Sulfates.

GCSE AQA Required Practical Chemistry Description Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Hyperlink
Acid plus base (metal oxide or metal carbonate) to make soluble salt plus water. Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Soluble Salt
Electrolysis of aqueous solution Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Electrolysis
Measuring temperature changes in chemical reactions Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Temperature Changes
Rates of Reaction Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Rate of Reaction
Measuring Rf values on chromatograms Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Chromatography
Water Purification Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Chemistry Practical Water Purification
Titration GCSE Chemistry Practical Titration
Testing for ions GCSE Chemistry Practical Testing for Ions
Summer Changes to Exam 2022 Required Practical’s (Physics)
GCSE AQA Combined Science Foundation (Physics) Paper 1 Foundation:

Required practical activity 14: an investigation to determine the specific heat capacity of
one or more materials. The investigation will involve linking the decrease of one energy
store (or work done) to the increase in temperature and subsequent increase in thermal
energy stored.
Required practical activity 16: use circuit diagrams to construct appropriate circuits to
investigate the I–V features of a variety of circuit elements, such as a filament lamp, a diode and constant temperature resistor.

Paper 2 Foundation:

Required practical activity 21: investigate how the amount of infrared radiation absorbed or
radiated by a surface depends on the nature of that surface.

GCSE AQA Combined Science Higher (Physics)   Paper 1 Higher:

Required practical activity 14: an investigation to determine the specific heat capacity of
one or more materials. The investigation will involve linking the decrease of one energy
store (or work done) to the increase in temperature and subsequent increase in thermal
energy stored.
Required practical activity 16: use circuit diagrams to construct appropriate circuits to
investigate I–V characteristics of a variety of circuit elements, including a filament lamp, a diode and a resistor at constant temperature.

Paper 2 Higher:

Required practical activity 21: investigate how the amount of infrared radiation absorbed or
radiated by a surface depends on the nature of that surface

GCSE AQA Physics Foundation Paper 1 Foundation

Required practical activity 2: investigate the effectiveness of different materials as thermal
insulators and the factors that may affect thermal insulation properties of a material.
Required practical activity 5: use appropriate apparatus to make and record measurements needed to determine the densities of regular and irregular solid objects and liquids. Volume should be determined from the dimensions of regularly shaped objects, and by a displacement technique for irregularly shaped objects. Dimensions to be measured using appropriate apparatus such as a ruler, micrometer or Vernier callipers.

Paper 2 Foundation:

Required practical activity 9: investigate the reflection of light by different types of surface
and the refraction of light by different substances.

GCSE AQA Physics Higher Paper 1 Higher:

Required practical activity 2: investigate the effectiveness of different materials as thermal
insulators and the factors that may affect thermal insulation properties of a material.
Required practical activity 5: use appropriate apparatus to make and record all the
measurements needed to determine the densities of regular and irregular solid objects and liquids. Volume should be determined from the dimensions of regularly shaped objects, and by a displacement technique for irregularly shaped objects. Dimensions to be measured using appropriate apparatus such as a ruler, micrometer or Vernier callipers.

Paper 2 Higher

Required practical activity 9: investigate the reflection of light by different types of surface
and the refraction of light by different substances.

GCSE AQA Required Practical Physics Description Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Hyperlink
Specific Heat Capacity Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical Specific Heat Capacity
Resistance of Wire Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical Resistance of Wire
I-V Characteristics Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical I-V Characteristics
Density Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical Density
Force and extension Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical Force and Extension
Newton’s Second Law Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical F = ma Newton’s Second Law
Waves Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical Waves
IR Radiation and Absorption Combined Double Award and/or GCSE Physics Practical IR Radiation and Absorption
Insulation GCSE Physics Practical Insulation
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