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GCSE Combined Science

This course provides students with two GCSE qualifications in Science.

Combined Science will be taught across the full two years of Key Stage 4 and contains Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.  These units are assessed at the end of Year 11 in Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Biology 1 covers topics ranging from Cells and Control through to Health, Disease and Development of Medicines.

Biology 2 covers topics ranging from Plant Structures and their functions, through to Ecosystems and Material Cycles.

Chemistry 1 covers topics ranging from States of Matter through to Reversible Reactions and Equilibria.

Chemistry 2 covers groups 1, 7 and 0 of the periodic table, through to Heat and Energy changes in chemical reactions.

Physics 1 covers topics from Waves through to Radioactivity.

Physics 2 covers topics from Energy through to Forces and Matter.

There are 16 core practicals for Combined Science.

The full specification can be accessed online at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Assessment

Assessment time is 7 hours for the Combined Science GCSE.  Practical skills are assessed in the written papers, and this is worth 15% of the marks.

There is also a set percentage of Mathematics (20%) in the examination papers in Combined Science. For the Foundation Tier, this will be at the level of Key Stage 3 Mathematics, and for the Higher Tier, this will be at the level of the GCSE Foundation Tier in Mathematics.

Why study Science?

This course provides a very good grounding for students considering A Level Sciences.  All employers and universities recognise this as a desirable qualification.

How to do well in Science

Students will need to have a keen interest in the science-related world about them.  The best way to do this is to watch news programmes, look at the Science section on the BBC News website, read local and national newspapers, and watch TV documentaries relating to Science in the real world.

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