Revision Buddies GCSE Science Collection

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You can now get all of your Revision Buddies Science apps at the touch of a button! Download our GCSE Physics, Biology, and Chemistry apps in this convenient and affordable bundle. Three apps for the price of two, save more than 30% on the cost of buying the apps individually.

Written by teachers, our apps build confidence, knowledge and understanding in preparation for your GCSE exams. Through 1000s of comprehensive self-assessment tests as well as many additional features to enhance learning and provide a fun, effective and enjoyable revision environment, we will help you work towards achieving the best grade possible. Take charge of your revision and use our apps anywhere, anytime.

Whether you are studying higher or lower tier, OCR, Edexcel or AQA, our creators have dedicated their time to ensuring that you can adapt these apps according to your requirements so that you get the most out of your revision time.

How can you use Revision Buddies to prepare for your GCSE Science exams?

– Choose from Combined Science or Single Science for the AQA, Edexcel or OCR 21st Century Exam Boards (Grades 9-1).
– Select questions from the Higher or Foundation tiers.
– Adapt the app to your needs and requirements.
– Revise through 1000s of syllabus specific multiple choice questions with detailed explanations.
– Learn from hundreds of illustrated diagrams, graphs & experiments.
– Choose to repeat difficult questions or select new questions at random.
– Watch your knowledge improve using inbuilt progress reports & self-assessment graphs.
– Share your results with friends on Twitter & Facebook.
– Benefit from direct links to GCSE past papers & mark schemes.
– Share your progress with your teacher through our new Class Management & Reports section or submit your results on Revision Buddies’ leaderboard.
– Enjoy motivational feedback and personalised certificates after each quiz or course if you achieve 80% or more.
– Use Revision Buddies on multiple devices such as laptops, tablets or phones, especially since course progress is synchronised over all devices so that you can pick up where you left off.
– Practice makes perfect! Test yourself for just 10 minutes every day and be amazed at how your results can improve.

How does Revision Buddies GCSE Science platform benefit students?

Revision Buddies aims to consolidate knowledge, further understanding and boost confidence in the lead up to GCSE exams. The engaging, interactive and effective self-assessment app enables users to revise at their own pace and in their own time. Users simply have to select their syllabus, level and the relevant topics to test their knowledge and once downloaded, can use the app offline.

How does Revision Buddies GCSE Science platform benefit parents and teachers?

Parents and teachers can monitor a user or group of users’ progress through detailed reports of their scores, answers and time taken to answer each question. This serves as the perfect tool to identify areas of common weakness and pinpoints areas where students need extra help. In particular, these features can greatly improve a teacher’s productivity as it reduces time spent on assessment and marking, giving teachers extra time to focus on resolving any knowledge gaps that have been identified through the report system. Get in touch to find out about our discounted bulk orders for your students!

Why should you use Revision Buddies for GCSE Science Revision?

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Additional information

Exam Board

Edexcel, OCR, AQA

Course / Award

Combined Science, Single Science

Exam Tier

Higher, Foundation

Subjects and Content

Biology (click to view contents)


Cell Biology

Topics include:

Eukaryotes and prokaryotes

Animal and plant cells

Cell specialisation

Cell differentiation


Culturing microorganisms (triple award only)


Mitosis and the cell cycle

Stem cells



Active transport


Topics include:

Principles of organisation

The human digestive system

The heart and blood vessels


Coronary heart disease: a non-communicable disease

Health issues

The effect of lifestyle on some non-communicable diseases


Plant tissues

Plant organ system


Infection and Response

Topics include:

Communicable (infectious) diseases

Viral diseases

Bacterial diseases

Fungal diseases

Protist diseases

Human defence systems


Antibiotics and painkillers

Discovery and development of drugs

Producing monoclonal antibodies

Uses of monoclonal antibodies

Detection and identification of plant diseases (triple award only)

Plant defence responses (triple award only)


Topics include:

Photosynthetic reaction

Rate of photosynthesis

Uses of glucose from photosynthesis

Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Response to exercise



Homeostasis and Response

Topics include:


The human nervous system: Structure and function

The brain (triple award only)

The eye (triple award only)

Control of body temperature (triple award only)

Human endocrine system

Control of blood glucose concentration

Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the body (triple award only)

Hormones in human reproduction


The use of hormones to treat infertility (HT only)

Negative feedback (HT only)

Plant hormones: Control and coordination (triple award only)

Use of plant hormones (triple award and HT only)

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Topics include:

Sexual and asexual reproduction


Advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction (triple award only)

DNA and the genome

DNA structure (triple award only)

Genetic inheritance

Inherited disorders

Sex determination



Selective breeding

Genetic engineering

Cloning (triple award only)

Theory of evolution (triple award only)

Speciation (triple award only)

The understanding of genetics (triple award only)

Evidence for evolution



Resistant bacteria

Classification of living organisms

Topics include:

Adaptations, interdependence and competition

Organisation of an ecosystem

Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems

Trophic levels in an ecosystem (triple award only)

Food production (triple award only)


Key Concepts in Biology

Topics include:

Sub-cellular structures of eukaryotic and prokaryotic

How specialised cells are adapted to their function

Microscope technology

Number, size and scale

Quantitative units in relation to cells

Biological specimens using microscopes

Mechanism of enzyme action

Denatured enzymes

Factors affecting enzyme activity

rate calculations for enzyme activity

Enzymes as biological catalysts


Diffusion, osmosis and active transport

Percentage gain and loss of mass in osmosis

Cells and Control

Topics include:



Cell division in plants and animals

Cell differentiation

Stem cells

Structures and functions of the brain

Difficulties and limitations of accessing and treating brain tissue and other parts of the nervous


Topics include:

Asexual reproduction

Sexual reproduction

Meiotic cell division


Order of bases in a section of DNA (HT only)

The stages of protein synthesis (HT only)

Genetic variants in the non-coding and coding DNA (HT only)

The work of Mendel


Monohybrid inheritance

Genetic diagrams

Dominant and recessive traits

ABO blood groups

Inherited sex-linked genetic disorders (HT only)

Genetic variation

The Human Genome Project

Genetic mutations

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Topics include:

The work of Darwin and Wallace

Darwin’s theory of evolution

Evidence for human evolution

Genetic analysis

Selective breeding

Genetic engineering

The main stages of genetic engineering (HT only)

Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines

Topics include:

WHO definition of health

Communicable and non-communicable diseases


Common infections

Lifecycle of a virus

Sexually transmitted infections

Plant defences

Ways in which plant diseases can be detected

and identified (HT only)

Human defences

The human immune system




microorganisms in the laboratory

Developing new medicines

Production and use of monoclonal antibodies (HT only)

Lifestyle factors on health and BMI

Treatments for cardiovascular disease

Plant Structures and their Functions

Topics include:

Photosynthetic organisms

Photosynthesis in plants and algae as an endothermic reaction

Limiting factors on the rate of photosynthesis

Root hair cells

Xylem and phloem

Plant transpiration

Plant Translocation

Leaf structure

Environmental factors of water uptake

Rate calculations for transpiration

Plant hormones

Commercial uses of auxins, gibberellins and ethene in plants (HT only)

Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

Topics include:


Adrenalin (HT only)

Thyroxine (HT only)

The menstrual cycle

Interactions of oestrogen, progesterone, FSH and LH (HT only)

Hormonal and barrier methods of contraception

Assisted Reproductive Technology (HT only)



Hormone insulin

Blood glucose and Glucagon (HT only)

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes

The urinary system


The effect of ADH (HT only)

Treatments for kidney failure

Exchange and Transport in Animals

Topics include:

The need to transport substances

Exchange surfaces and a transport systems


Rate of diffusion

The structure of the blood

The structure of the heart and circulatory system

Cellular respiration as an exothermic reaction

Aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration

Heart rate, stroke volume and cardiac output

Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Topics include:

Different levels of organisation

Abiotic and biotic factors


Parasitism and mutualism

Quadrats and belt transects

Pyramid of biomass

Efficiency of energy transfers

Impact of human interactions

Food security

The water cycle

The carbon cycle


Indicator species (HT only)

Decomposition and decay

OCR (21st Century)

You and Your Genes

Topics include:

What is the genome and what does it do?

How is genetic information inherited?

How can and should gene technology be used?

Keeping Healthy

Topics include:

What are the causes of disease?

How do organisms protect themselves from pathogens?

How can we prevent the spread of infections?

How can we identify the cause of an infection? (Triple award only)

How can lifestyle, genes and the environment affect my health?

How can we treat disease?

Living Together

Topics include:

What happens during photosynthesis?

How do producers get the substances they need?

How are organisms in an ecosystem interdependent

How are populations affected by conditions in an ecosystem?

Using Food and Controlling Growth

Topics include:

What happens during cellular respiration?

How do we know about mitochondria and other cell structures?

How do organisms grow and develop?

How is plant growth controlled? (Triple award only)

Should we use stem cells to treat damage and disease?

The Human Body - Staying Alive

Topics include:

How do substances get into, out of and around our bodies?

How does the nervous system help us respond to changes?

How do hormones control responses in the human body?

Why do we need to maintain a constant internal environment?

What role do hormones play in human reproduction?

What can happen when organs and control systems stop working?

Life on Earth - Past, Present and Future

Topics include:

How was the theory of evolution developed?

How do sexual and asexual reproduction affect evolution? (Triple award only)

How does our understanding of biology help us classify the diversity of organisms on Earth

How is biodiversity threatened and how can we protect it?

Physics (click to view contents)



Topics include:

Energy stores and systems

Changes in energy

Energy changes in systems


Energy transfers in a system


National and global energy resources


Topics include:

Standard circuit diagram symbols

Electrical charge and current

Current, resistance and potential difference


Series and parallel circuits

Direct and alternating potential difference

Mains electricity


Energy transfers in everyday appliances

The National Grid

Static charge (Triple award only)

Electric fields (Triple award only)

Particle Model of Matter

Topics include:

Density of materials

Changes of state

Particle model and pressure

Temperature changes in a system and specific heat capacity

Changes of heat and specific latent heat

Particle motion in gases

Pressure in gases (Triple award only)

Increasing the pressure of a gas (Triple award only) (HT only)

Atomic Structure

Topics include:

The structure of an atom

Mass number, atomic number and isotopes

The development of the model of the atom

Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation

Nuclear equations

Half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay

Radioactive contamination

Background radiation (Triple award only)

Different half-lives of radioactive isotopes (Triple award only)

Uses of nuclear radiation (Triple award only)

Nuclear fission (Triple award only)

Nuclear fusion (Triple award only)


Topics include:

Scalar and vector quantities

Contact and non-contact forces


Resultant forces

Work done and energy transfer

Forces and elasticity

Moments, levers and gears (Triple award only)

Pressure in a fluid (Triple award only and part HT only)

Atmospheric pressure (Triple award only)

Describing motion along a line

Forces, accelerations and Newton’s Laws of motion

Forces and braking

Momentum is a property of moving objects (HT only)

Conservation of momentum (HT only)

Changes in momentum (Triple award only and HT only)


Topics include:

Transverse and longitudinal waves

Properties of waves

Reflection of waves (Triple award only)

Sound waves (Triple award only) (HT only)

Waves for detection and exploration (Triple award only) (HT only)

Types of electromagnetic waves

Properties of electromagnetic waves 1

Properties of electromagnetic waves 2

Uses and applications of electromagnetic waves

Lenses (Triple award only)

Visible light (Triple award only)

Emission and absorption of infrared radiation (Triple award only)

Perfect black bodies and radiation (Triple award only)

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Topics include:

Poles of a magnet

Magnetic fields


Fleming’s left-hand rule  (HT only)

Electric motors (HT only)

Loudspeakers ( Triple award only) (HT only)

Induced potential (HT only)

Uses of the generator effect (HT only)

Microphones (HT only)

Transformers (HT only)

Space Physics (Triple award only)

Topics include:

Our solar system (Triple award only)

The life cycle of a star (Triple award only)

Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites (Triple award only)

Red-shift (Triple award only)


Key Concepts of Physics

Topics include:

SI unit for physical quantities

Multiples and sub-multiples of units

Converting between different units

Significant figures and standard form

Motion and Forces

Topics include:

Vector and scalar quantities

Velocity, speed and distance


Velocity/time graphs

Distance/time graphs

Newton’s first and second and third laws

Weight and mass

Gravitational field strength

Centripetal force (HT only)

Inertial mass (HT only)

Momentum (HT only)

Human reaction times and stopping distance

Conservation of Energy

Topics include:

Gravitational potential energy

Kinetic energy

Energy transfers

Conservation of energy


Energy sources

Patterns and trends in the use of energy resources


Topics include:

What do waves transfer?

Frequency and wavelength

Amplitude, period, wave velocity and wavefront

Longitudinal and transverse waves

Wave speed

Effects of Reflection, refraction, transmission and absorption

Ultrasound and infrasound (HT only)

Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Topics include:

Reflection, refraction and total internal reflection

Specular and diffuse reflection

Longitudinal and transverse waves

Colour of light


Electromagnetic waves


Topics include:

Atoms and molecules

Atomic (proton) number and mass (nucleon) number

Masses and relative electric charges of protons, neutrons, electrons and positrons



Background radiation

Measuring and detecting radioactivity

Alpha, beta and gamma radiations

The atomic model

Radioactive decay


Uses of radioactivity

Dangers of ionising radiation

Contamination and irradiation effects

Radiation in medicine

Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power

Nuclear chain reaction

Nuclear fusion and nuclear fission


Topics include:

What does the solar system consist of?

Ideas about the structure of the Solar System over time

Orbits of moons, planets, comets and artificial satellites

Circular and stable orbits

Steady State and Big Bang theories


The evolution of stars<

Methods of observing the Universe over time

Energy - Forces doing Work - Forces and Matter

Topics include:

Storing energy

Energy transfers

How to measure the work done by a force

Change in gravitational potential energy

Calculating kinetic energy

Calculating power

Calculating efficiency

Electricity and Circuits, Static Electricity

Topics include:

Structure of the atom

Electric circuit diagrams

Series and parallel circuits

Potential difference

Energy transfer

Current and charge


Electrical power

Direct and alternating voltage/current

Mains input wires

How an insulator can be charged by friction

Like charges repel and unlike charges attract

Electrostatic phenomena

Earthing removes excess charge

Uses of electrostatic charges

Dangers of sparking

Electric fields

Magnetism and the Motor Effect

Topics include:

Magnetic poles

Permanent and temporary magnetic materials

Permanent and induced magnets

Magnetic fields


Fleming’s left-hand rule

Electromagnetic Induction

Topics include:

Producing an electric current by the relative movement of a magnet and a conductor

Induced potential difference

Electromagnetic induction in alternators and dynamos

The action of the microphones, speakers and headphones

Alternating current and direct current

The turns ratio equation

The power equation


Particle Model

Topics include:

Kinetic theory model


States of matter

Heat capacity and specific latent heat

Thermal energy

Particle movement

Kelvin and Celsius scales

Gas pressure and volume

OCR (21st Century)

Radiation and Waves

Topics include:

Risks and benefits of using radiations

Climate change

How do waves behave

When light and sound meet different materials

Sustainable Energy

Topics include:

How much energy do we use?

How can electricity be generated?

Electric Circuits

Topics include:

What is electric charge?

Current in an electric circuit<

series and parallel circuits

rate of energy transfer in a circuit

Magnetic fields

Electric motors

The process inside an electric generator

Explaining Motion

Topics include:

What are forces?

How can we describe motion?

What is the connection between forces and motion?

How can we describe motion in terms of energy transfers?

Radioactive Materials

Topics include:

What is radioactivity?

How can radioactive materials be used safely?

How can radioactive material be used to provide energy?

Matter - Models and Explanations

Topics include:

How does energy transform matter?

How does the particle model explain the effects of heating?

How does the particle model relate to material under stress?

How does the particle model relate to pressure in fluids?

How can scientific models help us understand the Big Bang?


Demo Content

Chemistry (click to view contents)


Key Concepts in Chemistry

Topics include:

Atomic structure

The periodic table

Ionic bonding

Covalent bonding

Types of substance

Calculations involving masses

States of Matter and Mixtures

Topics include:

States of matter

Methods of separating and purifying substances

Chemical Change

Topics include:


Electrolytic processes

Extracting Metals and Equilibria

Topics include:

Obtaining and using metals

Reversible reactions and equilibria<br><br>

Separate Chemistry 1

Topics include:

Transition metals, alloys and corrosion

Quantitative analysis

Dynamic equilibria

Groups in the Periodic Table

Topics include:

Group 1

Group 7

Group 0

Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes

Topics include:

Rates of reaction

Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Fuels and Earth Science

Topics include:


Earth and atmospheric science,

Separate Chemistry 2

Topics include:

Qualitative analysis: tests for ions


Polymers, Alcohols and carboxylic acids

Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles


Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

Topics include:

A simple model of the atom, symbols, relative atomic mass, electronic charge and isotopes

The periodic table

Properties of transition metals (triple award)

Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter

Topics include:

Chemical bonds, ionic, covalent and metallic

How bonding and structure are related to the properties of substances

Structure and bonding of carbon

Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles (triple award)

Chemical Changes

Topics include:

Reactivity of metals

Reactions of acids and Electrolysis

The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Topics include:

Rate of reaction

Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium

Organic Chemistry

Topics include:

Carbon compounds as fuels and feedstock

Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers (triple award)

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Topics include:

The composition and evolution of the Earth's atmosphere

Carbon dioxide and methane as greenhouse gases

Energy Changes

Topics include:

Exothermic and endothermic reactions

Chemical cells and fuel cells (triple award)

Using Resources

Topics include:

Using the Earth's resources and obtaining potable water

Life cycle assessment and recycling and Using materials (triple award)

Quantitative Chemistry

Topics include:

Chemical measurements, conservation of mass and the quantitative interpretation of chemical equations

Use of amount of substance in relation to masses of pure substances

Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions (chemistry only)

Chemical Analysis

Topics include:

Purity, formulations and chromatography

Identification of common gases

OCR (21st Century)

Air and Water

Topics include:

How has the earth’s atmosphere changed over time, and why?

What is the evidence for climate change, why is it occurring?

How can scientists help improve the supply of portable water?

Chemical Patterns

Topics include:

How have our ideas about atoms developed over time?

What does the periodic table tell us about the elements?

How do metals and non-metals combine to form compounds?

How are equations used to represent chemical reactions?

What are the properties of transition metals?

Chemicals of the Natural Environment

Topics include:

How are the atoms held together in a metal?

How are metals with different reactivities extracted?

Electrolytes and what happens during electrolysis?

Why is crude oil important as a source of new materials?

Material Choices

Topics include:

How is data used to choose a material for a particular use?

What are the different types of polymers?

How do bonding and structure affect properties of materials?

Why are nanoparticles so useful?

What happens to products at the end of their useful life?

Chemical Analysis

Topics include:

How are chemicals separated and tested for purity?

How do chemists find the composition of unknown samples?

How are the amounts of substances in reactions calculated?

How are the amounts of chemicals in solution measured?

Making Useful Chemicals

Topics include:

What useful products can be made from acids?

How do chemists control the rate of reactions?

What factors affect the yield of chemical reactions?

How are chemicals made on an industrial scale?