gcse science revision guide in UK

gCSE science revision guides

Chemistry and Physics by Example

Over 200 questions with fully worked answers are laid out in simple step by step fashion to give you real understanding.

Hints and tips on how you approach questions so you will be ready for real exams.

Self testing sections at the end of each unit, so you can test your knowledge.

Over 100 clear diagrams, graphs and equations are included, for effective learning.

Examples of test questions are included, to ensure you are totally prepared.

Covers everything on the Physics AQA syllabus from grades 9-1, so you won’t need anything else.




gcse science revision guide in UK

Prichard Guides You With Answers...

Hello, my name is Tim Prichard and I am the Head of a Science Faculty in a secondary school in Somerset, England. I have taught science in a broad range of schools across the UK and abroad for nearly 30 years, to all ages and abilities.

Over the years, the science curriculum has often changed in both content and focus. We have witnessed the introduction of coursework, modular exams and practical assessments, and now we have gone full circle with the return of linear end-of-course exams. I have taught through all of these changes.

The literature to support students’ learning has constantly evolved to keep pace with the changing nature of education. In my experience, I believe that the best way to assist students in consolidating their learning and embedding their knowledge is through practice. So, I wrote my own GCSE science revision guides to do just this – Physics by Example and Chemistry by Example

All of the questions in the guide have been tried and tested over 3 decades in the classroom, and they’ve proven very successful in helping my students to learn and understand Physics and Chemistry. I am absolutely confident you will achieve success by using the same material now published in this guide.

I very much hope you, teachers, students and parents alike, will find the approach taken by this guide as helpful as my students have over the years.

Tim Prichard




What Is Physics and Why Should I Study It?

If you were to ask a Physics teacher “What is Physics?”, the reply may be something like, “Physics is the study of matter, energy and how they interact with each other”. Many students find this to be a mind boggling response, so I prefer to say things like, “Physics tries to answer some of the biggest questions of all”, for example:

  • How did the universe begin or will the universe always be the same?
  • Why does the sun shine?
  • What is everything made of?
  • What is time and would time travel be possible?

These sorts of questions appeal to most people, and if they spark even the slightest hint of curiosity, then I believe this is why you should have a go at studying physics, you never know, it may inspire you onto great things!



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Why Study Physics?

Firstly, Physics is a great subject to study because it teaches students many transferable skills.  This means the things you learn studying Physics can be used in other subjects you may be studying or even used in our everyday lives, for example understanding why we have a fuse for most electrical appliances.  Some of these skills include:

Problem Solving

You will be expected to be able to solve mathematical problems, logic problems and also develop your practical skills. You will learn how to design, plan, and predict patterns and trends in experiments. Students often worry about the maths side of things but I always say, “as long as you can add up, divide, take away and substitute numbers for letters then the maths you will need for GCSE is easy.  Its just like everything else in life, practice, practice, practice.”


Physics explains some fascinating and sometimes complicated ideas which you will have never thought about. You will quickly learn how to communicate orally, in writing and through maths how some of these concepts work.  You will read scientific texts with new words and ideas which will expand your vocabulary and reading skills. Lastly you will develop your listening skills as your teachers or friends discuss some of these ideas.

IT Skills

You will be asked to make presentations, research topics all on computer. Many schools have data logging equipment which you will get the chance to use when automating experiments and investigations.




Careers Which Require Physics Qualifications

  • All types of engineering from acoustics to agricultural
  • Air traffic control
  • Chartered surveyor
  • Computer programming
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geologist
  • Doctor
  • Architect
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiographer
  • Teacher
  • Water management
  • Health services
  • Mathematician
  • Electrician

This is just a short list which I have come up with, and it is by no means an exhaustive list of the jobs or careers which require at the very minimum a GCSE in Physics.


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What is Chemistry?

Going back in time, even as far as the middle ages, Monks and Nobles mainly, engaged in the search to find the secret of turning base metals like lead into Gold. This search was called Alchemy and the people who undertook this search were called Alchemists. For those of you who like Harry Potter, the “Philosopher’s stone” was a highly sort after element which Alchemists believed could turn base metals into Gold. Many of the Alchemists experiments conducted in the distant past laid down the first principles for the science we call today, “Chemistry”.

Chemistry today seeks to describe and explain how atoms, molecules and elements behave and react to each other in the real and theoretical worlds. Chemistry is, in fact all around us and is even taking place inside every cell of your body as you read this page of my website!

Today Chemistry is central to virtually all the other branches of science and technology, for example the development of nano-technologies, genetics, oceanography, drug, medicine development and is crucial to environmentally sustainable technologies and materials.

Chemistry really is all around us!






gcse science revision guide in UK

Why study Chemistry?

Like Physics and Biology, Chemistry teaches students many transferrable skills like problem solving and communication.

Thought Provoking

Chemistry is a very esoteric subject which means it is generally only understood by a small amount of people who have studied the subject. It is not really something people tend to come across in their daily lives. I personally think this is a shame as I believe Chemistry is a fascinating, exciting, and thought- provoking subject.


Chemistry is an ideal subject to study, especially if you are creative and imaginative. This is because many of the ideas and concepts require you to picture them in your mind because nobody has ever really seen some of them. For example, nobody has actually ever seen an electron, but they are fundamental in explaining how substances or elements react together or are found in nature.

IT Skills and Mathematics

Today chemists use computer simulations and data loggers to model, carry out experiments and collect data. This means your computer skills will become highly improved when you study chemistry. Many areas require mathematical skills, even at GCSE, so again studying chemistry will help you to improve these skills. When we do research, experiments and discuss theory in chemistry, because it is often a completely new subject to most people, you need to be a good communicator both written and orally to explain them or give an opinion. These are not just academic skills you can learn when you study chemistry, they are Life Skills.



Jobs and careers which need a qualification from GCSE and above in Chemistry. 

  •  Laboratory Technician
  • Firework designer
  • Water management
  • Forensics
  • Brewing and Distilleries
  • Vet
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Steel industry
  • Car manufacture
  • Paint and dye manufacture
  •  Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Teacher
  • Environmental protection
  • Food standards
  • Fragrance and cosmetics design
  • Astro chemist
  • Drug and medicine design
  • Tax accountant
  • Materials research
  • Crystallography

 This is a quick list I put together myself.






Why Buy My Book?

Rather than try to explain why buy my GCSE science revision guides “Physics by Example” and "Chemistry by Example", it is probably better to understand why I wrote it.

I wrote this guide to help my daughter who was struggling with many of the ideas, concepts and how to approach Physics and Chemistry questions at GCSE. My daughter pointed out to me that the revision guides I had bought her were good at summarising the content of the course, but they lacked worked examples.  She complained that she did not know where to start when answering a question or even which formula or theory to use. My daughter also complained that “What is the point of just having the answer in the back if you don’t know where it came from?”

To help my daughter I spent a lot of time going through questions and the methods she should use to solve them. This proved successful, which was not really a surprise to me as I had used many of the questions for many years in my own science lessons.

On further inspection of the various science and maths revision guides available, I realised my daughter’s complaint about the guides having very few fully worked examples, if any, was true.  Most guides had 1 or 2 fully worked examples, but not in every chapter or topic. Having taught Physics and Chemistry for many years I am fully aware that when a student is preparing for an examination it is critical that they practice answering questions and fully understand the methodology needed to answer the question. Most students need to see every step written down in front of them so they can transfer these methods to other questions. This is what I have tried to do with my book with over 200 fully worked examples for all topics covering grades 9-1 on the current AQA syllabus.




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