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This page contains PowerPoints for the NEW EdExcel 2016 (9-1) GCSE course. The entire triple science course is covered in these slideshows. The separate science or higher tier only content is also clearly labelled, meaning that the slideshows can easily be adapted for double science and lower ability groups as well. Purchasing a subscription for this site enables you to download ALL of the content on this page and any future updates for the next 12 months.

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Biology Chemistry Physics


Topic 1 - Key Concepts in Biology

This slideshow covers the first topic in the 2016 EdExcel GCSE, including: plant and animal cells, features common to both cells, features unique to plant cells, bacteria cells, comparing plant and animal cells, specialised cells, egg and sperm cells, using microscopes to magnify objects, standard form and prefixes such as micro, enzymes, the active site, denaturing enzymes, rate of enzyme activity, the digestive system and how it uses enzymes, calorimetry, diffusion, osmosis, active transport.

29 slides

Topic 2 - Cells and Control

This slideshow covers the Cells and Control (Topic 2) content, including: cell growth, stages of mitosis (anaphase, telephase etc), cancer, percentile charts, stem cells and their risks, ethical questions about stem cell research, meristems in plants, sections of the brain, operating on brain tissue and its risks, the nervous system, nervous reactions, the role of receptors, neurones and effectors, reflex actions, types of nerve cell, synapses, the structure of nerve cells, the structure of the eye, how we see things, colour blindness, short and long sightedness, cataracts and how to operate on them.

30 slides

Topic 3 - Genetics

This slideshow covers all the content from the Genetics unit of the 2016 EdExcel syllabus, including: sexual and asexual reproduction compared, cell growth through meiosis, mitosis and meiosis compared, DNA, extracting DNA from fruit, mutations to DNA, making proteins, the work of Mendel in modern genetics, how gender is inherited, definitions of key terms such as heterozygous, how eye colour is inherited, the Punnett Square method of determining inheritance, inherited diseases, family pedigree charts, how blood group in inherited and the role of co-dominant genes, sex-linked genetic disorders and how they are inherited, how colour blindness is inherited, variation, environmental vs inherited factors, the Human Genome Project.

36 slides

Topic 4 - Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

This slideshow covers topic 4 of the 2016 EdExcel Biology syllabus, including: the theory of evolution, natural selection, how Darwin's work changed modern biology, natural selection causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, fossil evidence for evolution, ho fossil records of Lucy and the discoveries of Leakey influenced biology, polydactyl limbs and how they are evidence for evolution, common ancestors, classification by the five kingdoms, classification using DNA analysis into three domains, selective breeding, cloning using tissue culture, genetic engineering, how genetic engineering is done (including vectors, sticky ends, ligase and restriction enzymes genetically modified plants, population changes, advantages and disadvantages of genetic modification and selective breeding.

29 slides

Topic 5 - Health, Disease and the Development of Modern Medicines

This slideshow covers: health and the WHO definition of good health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, how diseases can interact, pathogens and how they enter our body, types of pathogen, viruses and bacteria, examples of infections (HIV, cholera, ash dieback disease, malaria, ebola), how viruses reproduce including the lytic pathway and lysogenic pathway, facts about STIs and how they are spread (including chlamydia and HIV), how plants defend themselves against infections, plant diseases, how our bodies defend ourselves against microbes, the role of white blood cells, producing antibodies, immunity, specificity of antibodies, ways to prevent the spread of diseases, vaccinations and how they work, vaccination policies, antibiotics, growing microorganisms using agar plates, calculating the area of bacteria growth, how new drugs are discovered and researched, monoclonal antibodies and their uses, using monoclonal antibodies to fight cancer, using data to investigate health patterns, how non-communicable diseases can develop due to factors such as lifestyle, body-mass index and how it is calculated, cardio vascular disease, how the heart can be mended, factors to consider when prescribing a treatment.

39 slides

Topic 6 - Plant structures and their functions

This slideshow covers: the role of plants in food chains, photosynthesis and what it needs, photosynthesis equations, limiting factors, light intensity and how it affects photosynthesis, root hair cells and how they are adapted, xylem and phloem, transpiration, leaf structure and how it is adapted for photosynthesis, guard cells and stomata, transpiration rate and how to measure it, controlling water loss through the stomata, plants in extreme environments, plant hormones, the use of auxin, ethene and gibberellins in plant growth.

24 slides

Topic 7 - Animal coordination, control and Homeostasis

This PowerPoint file covers topic 7 from the 2016 EdExcel syllabus, including: hormones and where they are made in the human body, the endocrine system, the role of adrenaline, the role of thyroxine and how it is used in the body, hormones in human reproduction, the menstrual cycle, the role of FSH, LH and oestrogen in the menstrual cycle, methods of contraception, evaluating methods of contraception, fertility drugs such as clomifene and how hormones are used in IVF treatments, homeostasis and why it is important, controlling body temperature, the role of the thermoregulatory centre and vasoconstriction/vasodilation, how the body maintains constant internal body temperature, controlling blood sugar levels and the role of glycogen, negative feedback, diabetes, body-mass index, waist:hip ratios, links between diabetes and obesity, how kidneys work, kidney structure, controlling water content and the role of ADH, dialysis, kidney transplants, amino acids and digestion.

34 slides

Topic 8 - Exchange and Transport in Animals

This slideshow covers: things our bodies need in order to work, transport systems in the body, diffusion, Fick's Law for rate of diffusion, diffusion in the lungs and villi, surface area to volume ratio, the four parts of blood and their roles, arteries, veins and capillaries and how their structure helps their function, the heart and how it works, respiration (aerobic and anaerobic), anaerobic respiration in plants and yeast, cardiac output and how to calculate it.

18 slides

Topic 9 - Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Biology topic 9. It covers: organisation in an ecosystem, abiotic factors and how to sample them, the effects of changing abiotic factors, biotic factors, interdependence, examples of interdependent relationships such as parasitism and mutualism, predator-prey cycles, using quadrats and transect lines, trophic levels in a food chain, pyramids of biomass, energy flow in a food chain, example calculations of efficiency in a food chain, ecosystems and biodiversity, fish farming, red and grey squirrels as an example of a non-indigenous species, eutrophication and its effect on fish, maintaining biodiversity, rises in the human population, food security as a result of the rising population, the carbon cycle, the water cycle, ways to treat water to make it potable, fertilisers, crop rotation, bacteria in the nitrogen cycle, pollution indicators such as lichen, decomposition and what conditions it needs, compost bins and how they encourage decay, using milk as an example of biological decay.

36 slides


Topic 1 - Key Concepts in Chemistry

This slideshow covers Topic 1 (Key Concepts) from the EdExcel 2016 GCSE course. It includes: atomic structure, mass and atomic number, isotopes, calculating atomic masses from different isotopes, how the Periodic Table was developed by Newlands and Mendeleev, ionic bonding, naming compounds, properties of ionic molecules, balancing ions, giant ionic structures, covalent bonding, properties of simple covalent molecules, dot and cross diagrams, dissolving ionic structures, explaining the properties of different classes of compound such as ionic and giant covalent, polymers, metals and metallic structure, ways of drawing covalent bonds, relative formula mass, empirical formulae and how to deduce it, conservation of mass in reactions, the mole, molar calculations, concentration, calculating the mass of products, stoichiometry.

72 slides

Topic 2 - States of Matter and Mixtures

This slideshow covers topic 2 of the 2016 GCSE EdExcel course and includes: particle theory, energy in solids, liquids and gases, changes of state, predicting states using data such as boiling points, mixtures, pure substances, melting points and mixtures, separating mixtures using filtration, evaporation, chromatography and distillation, simple vs fractional distillation, making dirty water potable.

22 slides

Topic 3 - Chemical Changes

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Chemical Changes topic from the EdExcel 2016 GCSE course. It covers: universal indicator and the pH scale, acids and alkalis, using different indicators, strong and weak acids, neutralisation reactions, adding acids to metals, hydroxides and carbonates, testing for hydrogen and carbon dioxide, making salts, titration, forming precipitates, electrolysis, electrolysing aqueous solutions, predicting products from electrolysis, half equations, redox reactions, purifying copper through electrolysis.

36 slides

Topic 4 - Extracting metals and equilibria

This unit covers topic 4 from the 2016 EdExcel course, including: reactivity of metals, the reactivity series, displacement reactions, reduction and oxidation reactions related to the reactivity series, extracting metals, metal ores, methods of extracting metals related to the reactivity series, bioleaching and phytomining, resistance to oxidation, recycling metals, life cycle assessments, exothermic and endothermic reactions, reversible reactions, the Haber Process, the economics of the Haber Process.

22 slides

Topic 5 - Separate Chemistry 1

Use this slideshow to teach the separate science content from the 2016 EdExcel course. It covers: transition metals and their properties, rusting and what causes it, how to prevent rusting, galvanising and sacrificial protection, electroplating, alloys and examples of alloys, strengthening an alloy using impurities, concentration, converting concentrations, titration and how to do it, calculating missing quantities in titrations, calculating the mass of a product, percentage yield, why theoretical yield might not be made, atom economy, reasons for choosing reaction pathways, molar volume, Avogadro's Law, calculating the volume of a product, reversible reactions, shifting the equilibrium in a reversible reaction, how changing the temperature and pressure affects an equilibrium, the economics of the Haber Process, production of fertilisers, making ammonium sulfate, chemical cells, fuel cells and their advantages and disadvantages.

51 slides

Topic 6 - Groups in the Periodic Table

This PowerPoint slideshow covers: an introduction to the Periodic Table and why it has groups, the alkali metals, trends in reactivity down group 1 in terms of electron structure, the halogens and their properties, testing for chlorine using litmus paper, reactions of the halogens, displacement reactions, redox reactions, reactivity of group 7 in terms of electron structure, the Noble gases and their properties.

23 slides

Topic 7 - Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Chemistry topic 7 unit from the 2016 syllabus. It covers: how to measure the rate of a reaction using gas formation and precipitate formation, collision theory, factors that affect the rate of a reaction, rates of reaction graphs, using tangents and gradients to calculate the rate of reaction, catalysts and how they speed up reactions, exothermic and endothermic reactions, energy level diagrams for exothermic and endothermic reactions, measuring energy changes using bond energies, example questions of enthalpy changes using bond energies.

25 slides

Topic 8 - Fuels and Earth Science

Use this slideshow to help you teach these topics: crude oil and what's inside it, hydrocarbons and their uses as feedstock and fuels, fractional distillation and why it is used, alkanes and their properties, general formulae for alkanes, burning hydrocarbons and what this produces, incomplete combustion and its products, why carbon monoxide is dangerous, pollution from burning fuels, formation of nitrogen and sulfur oxides, fuel cells, oil and gas, how cracking is done, the early atmosphere and its composition, how the atmosphere evolved and the role of plants and volcanoes, changes in oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, how to test for oxygen, the greenhouse effect, problems to do with pollution, global warming and evidence for it, how humans release greenhouse gases, the effects of global climate change, ways to reduce our carbon footprints.

32 slides

Topic 9 - Separate Chemistry 2

This slideshow covers the triple science content from Topic 9 of the 201 EdExcel course, including: flame tests and their colours, precipitation reactions, forming precipitates using metal hydroxides, testing for ammonia, testing for ammonium ions, testing for carbonates, testing for carbon dioxide, testing for halide ions, testing for sulfate ions, advantages of instrumental methods, flame emission spectroscopy as an instrumental method, crude oil and what it is made of, alkanes and alkenes, how but-1-ene and but-2-ene are different, functional groups, reactions of alkenes with bromine, testing for alkenes using bromine water, burning hydrocarbons, monomers and polymers, properties of polymers including PTFE and polypropene, condensation polymerisation and its general formula, problems with using and disposing of polymers, recycling and why it should be done, DNA as a polymer, alcohols and their functional group, carboxylic acids, fermentation, purifying ethanol by distillation, nanotechnology and some example uses, properties of ceramics and polymers, composite materials, alloys.

49 slides


Topic 1 - Key Concepts of Physics

This very short PowerPoint provides a short introduction to the EdExcel Physics course and covers standard form, SI units and conversions between units.

4 slides

Topic 10 - Electricity and Circuits

Use this PowerPoint file to teach Electricity from the EdExcel syllabus, including: the structure of the atom, circuit symbols, energy and charge, the definition of electric current, calculating charge, what happens to current and voltage in series and parallel circuits, how to calculate resistance, Ohm's Law, how varying the resistance affects current, using variable resistors in circuits, resistors in series and parallel, current-voltage graphs for bulbs, diodes and LDRs, how the resistance of a thermistor or LDR depends on temperature or light, using LDRs and thermistors in circuits as control mechanisms, understanding resistance, heating effect due to movement of electrons, calculating electrical power, DC and AC, wiring a plug, fuses and how they work, earth wires and how they work as safety mechanisms, circuit breakers and their advantages, potential differences between wires in a plug, power ratings of everyday appliances.

52 slides

Topic 11 - Static Electricity

This slideshow covers: introduction to static electricity, static electricity in lightning, what "Earthing" means, using static electricity in sprayers, dangers of static such as fuel lines, electric fields, electric fields around a point charge and between parallel plates.

13 slides

Topic 12 - Magnetism and the Motor Effect

This slideshow covers: permanent vs induced magnetism, which metals are magnetic, magnetic fields around a bar magnet and where the field is strongest, the Earth's magnetic field, plotting a magnetic field using a compass, magnetic field around a current-carrying wire, making an electromagnet, factors that affect the strength of an electromagnet, the motor effect, Fleming's Left Hand Rule, F=BIL, example questions on the motor effect, using motors in everyday devices, how to build a motor.

21 slides

Topic 13 - Electromagnetic Induction

Use this PowerPoint to help you teach the following concepts: electromagnetic induction, the generator effect, factors that affect the size of the induced current/voltage, how AC generators work, how to turn an AC generator into a DC dynamo, how microphones work, how loudspeakers work, transformers and how they work, the transformer equation, example questions on transformers, the National Grid, power conservation in transformers, example questions on power in transformers.

22 slides

Topic 14 - Particle Model

This PowerPoint covers the content about particle theory, including: a revision of lower school work on particle theory, how to calculate density, densities in solids, liquids and gases and how they relate to particle behaviour, changes of state, melting ice, specific heat capacity, specific latent heat, particle motion in gases, gas pressure and how it is affected by temperature and pressure, absolute zero, pressure and volume in gases, doing work on a gas.

33 slides

Topic 15 - Forces and Matter

This slideshow covers: an introduction to forces, force and extension in a spring, Hooke's Law, the limit of proportionality, elastic and plastic deformation, elastic potential energy, atmospheric pressure, how to calculate pressure, pressure in fluids and why it depends on depth, why objects float, upthrust in fluids.

19 slides

Topic 2 - Motion and Forces

Use this slideshow to help you teach topic 2 (Forces) from the 2016 EdExcel GCSE course. It covers: vector and scalar quantities, calculating speed, distance-time graphs, acceleration, velocity-time graphs, different practical ways of measuring speed, acceleration due to gravity, approximate values for acceleration, balanced and unbalanced forces, Newton's 3 laws of motion, F=ma, calculating weight using mass, centripetal force, inertial mass, momentum, conservation of momentum, force and change in momentum, measuring reaction times, stopping distances, approximate values for force, graphs of stopping distances.

59 slides

Topic 3 - Conservation of Energy

This slideshow covers the Conservation of Energy topic from 2016 EdExcel topic 2 and includes: the 9 types of energy, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, the law of the conservation of energy, example energy changes, energy transfer diagrams, wasted energy, heat loss through lack of insulation, efficiency, how to increase efficiency, fuels, non-renewable and renewable sources of energy, pollution, advantages and disadvantages of biomass, wind, tidal, wave, hydroelectricity, solar and geothermal energy supplies.

35 slides

Topic 4 - Waves

This slideshow covers the Waves topic from the 2016 EdExcel GCSE course and includes: what a wave is, definitions of words such as amplitude, frequency and wavelength, transverse and longitudinal waves, the wave equation, speed of water waves, wavefronts, what happens when waves hit a boundary, refraction of waves at a boundary, how sound travels, converting sound to electrical signals using a microphone, infrasound, ultrasound, echo sounding and using earthquakes to explore the structure of the Earth.

19 slides

Topic 5 - Light and the EM Spectrum

This slideshow covers: reflection, refraction of waves through a glass block, finding the critical angle, uses of total internal reflection, specular vs diffuse reflection, using filters, seeing coloured objects in different colours of light, converging and diverging lenses, power and focal length of lenses, speed of electromagnetic waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, facts and wavelengths of different colours of visible light, what happens when waves hit a boundary, refraction at a boundary, radiation from objects, temperature compared to the colour of an object, balancing the temperature of a body using radiation coming in and out, the temperature of the Earth and what it depends on, uses and dangers of different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, using radio waves, changing atoms through ionisation.

39 slides

Topic 6 - Radioactivity

Use this slideshow to help you teach Radioactivity for the 2016 EdExcel syllabus. It covers: the structure of the atom, facts about different particles in the atom, mass and atomic number, isotopes, the overall charge on an atom, electron orbits, changes in electron orbit and the subsequent emission of energy, how energy can be used to promote an electron orbit, ionisation, alpha, beta and gamma radiation, blocking radiation with paper etc, background radiation, detecting radioactivity with a Geiger-Muller tube or photographic film, the plum pudding model of the atom, the Rutherford Scattering Experiment, beta decay compared to positron decay, changes in mass and proton number during alpha, beta and positron decay, radioactive decay graphs, half life, example questions on half life, using radioactivity to sterilise medical instruments, using radioactivity to determine thickness, using radioactivity in smoke detectors, radiotherapy, contamination and irradiation, using radioactivity as a tracer in medicine, PET scanners, how nuclear power stations work, nuclear fission reactions, chain reactions, how nuclear power stations generate electricity, advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power, nuclear fusion in stars, cold fusion and the conditions needed to maintain nuclear fusion.

39 slides

Topic 7 - Astronomy

This slideshow covers: gravity, how gravitational field strength varies on different planets and the moon, our solar system, how our knowledge of the solar system has changed over time, asteroids, comets, orbits of the Earth, the moon and artificial satellites, how changing the altitude affects speed, the Big Bang Theory compared to the Steady State Theory, red shift and how it is evidence for both theories, cosmic microwave background radiation and how it is evidence for the Big Bang theory, the life cycle of a star, what happens to small and large stars in the future, observing the universe, advantages of using space telescopes.

45 slides

Topic 8 - Energy and Forces doing Work

This slideshow covers: different types of energy, conservation of energy, energy changes, energy changes and stores, work done, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, examples of how energy is wasted, power, efficiency, example questions of these different types of energy and efficiency.

19 slides

Topic 9 - Forces and their Effects

This PowerPoint covers: an introduction to forces, contact vs non-contact forces, vector and scalar quantities, resultant force and how to work it out, drawing scaled pictures of resultant forces, vector diagrams, balanced and unbalanced forces, free body force diagrams, turning moments, balancing a seesaw, calculating an unknown force or distance to pivot, the principle of moments, levers and gears and how they work, reducing unwanted energy transfers.

32 slides