GCSE Combined Science

Teacher to contact for further information:  Mr N Davies or any member of the science teaching team
Type of qualification:

GCSE (double award)


Type of assessment: 100% written examination at the end of Y11

Summary of subject content:

GCSE sciences changed in Sept 2016. The traditional 'double (Core and Additional) GCSE courses have been replaced by this combined science course. You will have separate lessons in all three sciences over the two years with subject specialist teachers. In biology you will study a diverse range of subjects in plant and animal biology as well as looking at global environmental issues. In chemistry you will study chemical reactions in much greater depth to understand how and why they work. In physics you will take a closer look at matter, energy and forces as well as radioactivity and its applications. Over the course of the two years you will complete a wide range of practical work. Some of this work is in the form of compulsory activities directed by the Exam Board but others will be used to allow you to experience and investigate the science being studied. There is no longer any science coursework but a record must be kept of your successful completion of the core experiments.

Progression routes: Students who achieve points 6 or above (to be confirmed but equivalent to a current grade B or better) in this course would be candidates who would have the opportunity to go on to study any of the pure sciences at A-level or an Applied Science A-level which, as with this course, covers all three sciences to the next level.
Sciences are highly regarded by Universities for further progression but obviously the choice of A-level would ideally be suited to the University course or subject area for which you wish to apply.
All sciences are a core requirement for most further education places in college, apprenticeships etc. being classed as one of the core subjects and so the higher you can perform in science, the more pathways will be open to you.