GCSE Combined Science (double award)
The aim of the GCSE Combined Science curriculum is to enable you to be confident exploring and understanding a range of fundamental and applied areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will gain two GCSEs if you study this course. The course focuses on ‘Working Scientifically’. It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required in order to fulfil your responsibilities in an ever more technological world. From genetics to nuclear fusion, you need an informed perspective if you are to play your part in shaping the future. As a minimum, each pupil will be expected to complete the Combined Science course which forms part of the core curriculum offer. This will comprise of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with each discipline being taught separately by specialist teachers. The units studied lead to two GCSEs. There are 16 required practicals determined by the exam board, although pupils will obviously engage with a wider range of practical activities throughout the course.
Some of the Combined Science GCSE work will have been covered in Year 9 already. At the end of the course six examination papers will be taken; two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics, each exam lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. There will be a variety of question types with a numeracy component to some of them. The new 1 to 9 grading system will be used allowing grades from 1-1 through to 9-9 to be achieved. Combined Science provides the skills required for pupils to progress to study A Level Sciences in any of the Science subjects, although if you are keen to study science subjects at A Level choosing three sciences as separate GCSEs would provide a firmer foundation.
Why Study Science?
Studying GCSE Combined Science widens and deepens your understanding and appreciation of key processes in the natural and man-made environment. It never answers all the questions you could ask, but has the capacity to excite you to look towards further study and a life-long interest. Science at GCSE will develop your powers of analysis and deduction and help you to distinguish between scientific claims and false promises. It will make you think. Science based courses and careers range from Astronomy to Zoology, with a long stop at nearly every letter of the alphabet. A short internet search will reveal an incredible range of choices of degree subjects, and each of these can be the key to a wide range of potential careers. Surprise yourself and look ahead – where could your science take you?