Combined Science

GCSE in Combined Science

Why study this subject?

All aspects of a good science education are covered in this enjoyable, practical based course that provides the opportunity for all students to develop the science knowledge, understanding and skills needed for adult life.

What will I learn?

The Combined Science course consists of biology, chemistry and physics units. In biology students study cell biology, infections, inheritance, variation and evolution. In chemistry, students study the importance and uses of rocks and crude oil and the changes in the Earth and its atmosphere. Physics includes the study of energy, electricity, the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of the universe.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course. At the end of the course, you will sit 6 examinations, each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a science qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs. Your final grades will reflect your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

A good qualification in science is highly prized by future employers. The wide range of topics covered and the skills that will be developed during the course will enable you to progress into a diverse range of careers or to study science post-16.

Post-16 Progression

High grades in your Combined Science GCSEs will allow you to study sciences after Year 11 and pursue a wide range of university courses, including midwifery and forensic science to name a few.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak to any member of the Science department or look at the specification at



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