Twenty First Century Science

Twenty First Century Science is an innovative suite of GCSE science courses studied predominantly by students aged 14-16. Trials for the course began in 75 schools across England and Wales in September 2003 with the first examinations sat in June 2004.  The Twenty First Century Science course has been available nationwide since September 2006.

This course was developed as a joint project between the University of York and the Nuffield Foundation Curriculum Programme, with funding from the Nuffield Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and The Salters’ Institute.

The course aims to develop scientific literacy for all students by teaching key science explanations and an understanding of the nature of science ensuring that students should be prepared to engage with scientific debate and decision making in their daily lives.  It also helps prepare the next generation of professional scientists by providing students seeking this route with a firm basis for future study.


Course materials for students, teachers, and technicians:
Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street
Oxford OX2 6DP
Tel: 01536 452610

Technical support:
Oxford University Press
Tel: 01536 452960

For the examination specification, sample papers, and any assessment enquiries:
1 Hills Road
Cambridge CB1 2EU
Tel: 01223 553791


Please contact:
Twenty First Century Science projects
University of York Science Education Group
Department of Education
Alcuin D Block
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: 01904 432601


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