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The assessment of practical skills, apparatus and techniques forms part of the GCSE (9–1) Science qualifications. Candidates must be provided with practical science opportunities.
Practical activity groups (PAGs) for each qualification cover the practical requirements and allow centres flexibility in their choice of activity.
To find resources to aid the delivery of practical skills, apparatus and techniques, look at the relevant qualification page for each GCSE (9–1) Science qualification.
The resources are available as Word documents to allow you to edit the tasks to match your own resources, timetable and staffing. However, centres are free to use any other resources that cover the same skills, apparatus and techniques.
A practical activities tracker spreadsheet is also provided on the relevant qualification page. This allows you to track the skills, apparatus and techniques your candidates have experienced. There is no obligation to use this tracker; it is available for internal use only.
From 2017, centres will need to provide a Head of Centre declaration as part of the JCQ NCN Annual Update confirming they have taken reasonable steps to ensure each learner has had the opportunity to complete the practical activities as described in the relevant section of each specification.