GCSE Combined Sciences (Double Award)

Why study this course?

By studying this course students will understand the relevance and importance of science in explaining the way in which our world works.  Students will develop knowledge and understanding of some of the most important issues that we face in current times.

What Topics will I learn?

Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell biology Atomic structure and the Periodic table Forces
Organisation Bonding, structure and properties of matter Energy
Infection and response Quantitative chemistry Waves
Bioenergetics Chemical charges Electricity
Homeostasis and response Energy charges Magnetism and electromagnetism
Inheritance, variation and evolution Organic chemistry Particle model of matter
Ecology Chemical analysis Atomic structure
Chemistry of the atmosphere

How will I be assessed?

Written Exams

The written exams count for 100% of the final grade.

All examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11.  Students will take two biology papers, two chemistry papers and two physics papers.  Each paper will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.  The final double grade will be based on the aggregation of the marks from all the papers. Tier of assessment has to be the same for all 6 papers.

Practical Assessment

Although there is no longer a coursework element to the final grade, practical work is still important.  Each examination will contain (15% of the marks) questions that test practical skills, knowledge and understanding as well as investigative skills.  Students will complete a series of core practicals throughout the two years to support this.

Where can this course lead to after Key Stage 4?

Students who have studied Combined Science will be able to follow the A-level courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology.

To find out more information:
Speak to Nick Rowles, Head of Science.