Slough Tuition Centre 

Chalvey Community Centre Slough

New GCSE Maths and English courses started in September 2015, and other subjects (including GCSE Science) will be following suit in 2016.
The new courses are more challenging than ever, with all the exams set at the end of Year 11. There's even a new '9-1' grading system, where Grade 9 will be reserved for the very top tier of students.
At Slough Tuition Centre for each subject, the old and new courses will run in parallel for one year — in the first year, Year 10s will be studying the new courses while Year 11s finish the 'old' courses.
Below is a list of Key Stage 4 areas that we offer tuition in. These are based on the National Curriculum and are included in their appropriate criteria. En1 and Ma1 are not included, as they represent any coursework that has been done in that subject.

English topics covered

Reading (En 2)

  • Comprehension – Using advanced skills for comparing, summarising and quoting from a text. Identifying thematic patterns and textual imagery within fiction and non-fiction. Mastering close-reading in a variety of different textual forms i.e. media articles, travel writing and other cultures and traditions. Showing an understanding of the given text by presenting relevant quotes and commenting on their values within the text.
  • English Literature – A selection of poetry, drama and fiction (Syllabus varies)
  • Media Texts – Identifying different textual approaches of articles and how this affects/ manipulates the reader.

Writing (En 3)
  • Composition – Different types of essay planning
  • Audience and Structure – learning to modify language to fit a certain target audience. Structuring information to the purpose of the text i.e. informative, persuading, describing, narrating or analysing.
  • Standard English – Grammar, tense (Past, Present, Continuous), punctuation, paragraphs, nouns and pronouns, apostrophes, adjectives, colons and semi-colons, etc
Maths topics covered

Number (Ma 2)

  • Multiples/ Factors/ Prime Numbers/ Square, Cube and Root Numbers
  • Standard Index Form (Calculator and Non-Calculator)
  • Rational and Irrational Numbers
  • Speed and Density
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Decimals, Fractions and Percentages (Percentage change/ Quantity)
  • Recurring Decimals
  • Calculator and Non-Calculator Method of Solving Fractions
  • Approximation and Estimation (Rounding)
  • Algebra (Expressing, Simplifying, Factorising, Multiplying and Dividing Expressions)
  • Solving Equations (Quadratic, Simultaneous)
  • Formulae (Writing, Substituting and Rearranging Expressions)
  • Number Sequences
  • Graphs (Line Graphs/Linear Equations, Distance-Time Graphs, Speed-Time Graphs)

Shape, Space and Measure (Ma 3)
  • Angles and 2D Shapes
  • Triangles, Quadrilaterals and Polygons
  • Tessellations
  • Symmetry (Rotational)
  • Circles and their Properties
  • Area, Perimeter and Circumference
  • Maps and Bearings
  • Scale Drawings
  • Locus
  • Reflection and Rotation
  • Translation and Enlargement
  • Pythagoras’s Theorem and Trigonometry (Sine, Cosine and Tangent)
  • Linear and Non-Linear Functions
  • Volume/ Mass/ Capacity
Handling Data (Ma 4)
  • Primary and Secondary Data
  • Questionnaires and Databases
  • Two-way tables
  • Average and Range (using diagrams)
  • Bar and Pie Charts
  • Stem and Leaf Diagrams
  • Scatter Graphs
  • Correlation and Line of Best Fit
  • Cumulative Frequency Tables and Graphs
  • Calculating Probability
Biology Topics Covered

Keeping healthy
Diet and exercise, defending against infection
Nerves and hormones
The nervous system, control in the human body, control in plants

The use and abuse of drugs
Interdependence and adaptation
Adaptations, environmental change

Food chains, energy, biomass and cycles
Energy in biomass, the carbon cycle
Genetic variation and its control
Why organisms are different, reproduction

Theories of evolution

Chemistry Topics Covered

Fundamental ideas in chemistry
Atoms, the periodic table, chemical reactions

Limestone and building materials
Calcium carbonate
Metals and their uses
Extracting metals and making alloys

Crude oil and fuels
Separating crude oil, hydrocarbons as fuels
Useful substances from crude oil
Alkenes, polymers and ethanol

Plant oils and their uses

Vegetable oils, emulsions and hydrogenation
Changes in the Earth and its atmosphereThe Earth's crust, the Earth's atmosphere

Physics Topics Covered

Heating and cooling
Energy transfer by heating, buildings
Energy and efficiency
Energy transfers and efficiency, electrical appliances

Mains electricity
Generating electricity
General properties of waves sound and light

Origins of the Universe

Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics for Additional Science:


  • Cells and simple cell transport
  • Tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Organs in animals, Organs in plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organisms and their environment
  • Distribution of organisms
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Respiration
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Cell division and inheritance
  • DNA and cell division, Genetic variation and genetic disorders
  • SpeciationOld and new species

  • Structure and bonding
  • Ionic bonding, Covalent bonding, Structure properties and uses
  • Atomic structure, Analysing substances, Quantitative chemistry
  • Rates of reaction
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Acids, bases and saltsElectrolysis


Forces and their effects

  • Resultant forces, Forces and motion, Forces and braking, Forces and terminal velocity, Forces and elasticity
  • Kinetic energy
  • Forces and energy, Momentum
  • Electricity, Static electricity, Current and voltage in electrical circuits, Resistance, Household electricity, Charge, current and power
  • Atomic structure, Nuclear radiation, Nuclear fission and fusionLife cycles of stars

AQA Triple Science Topics

Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics for AQA Triple Science:


Movement of molecules in and out of cells
Dissolved substances, Gaseous exchange in the lungs, Exchange systems in plants
Transport systems in plants and animals
The blood system, The blood, Transport systems and processes in plants
Removal of waste and water control, Temperature control, Blood sugar control
Humans and their environment
Waste from human activity, Deforestation and the destruction of areas of peat, Biofuels, Food production


The periodic table
The early periodic table, The modern periodic table, Trends within the periodic table
Hard and soft water, Purifying water
Calculating and explaining energy changes
Energy from reactions
Further analysis and quantitative chemistry
Analysing substances
The production of ammonia
Making ammonia
Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
Alcohols, Carboxylic acids, Esters


Medical applications of physics
X-rays, Ultrasound, Lenses, The eye, Other applications using light
Using physics to make things work
Centre of mass, Moments, Hydraulics, Circular motion
Keeping things movingThe motor effect, Transformers