Science – Combined

Key Stage 4

What will students learn?

The course teaching is divided into the three science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each subject is sub-divided into several theory modules, covering a vast range of ideas about how organisms and the world around them work. Students will also learn how to conduct investigations and how to record and analyse the results, as well as evaluating their methods. Students will acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and the essential role of science in society.  

 

How will students be taught?

Students will be taught in groups with students of mixed ability, not in ‘sets’. They will have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be taught by staff that specialise in each of these. Students will be expected to take part in practical work and investigations. Demonstrations are used to explain scientific theories and ideas. Whole class teaching, small group work, research, presentations, discussions and debates are all common practice in science lessons.

 

How will students be assessed?

Throughout the course students will complete end-of-unit tests in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as graded homework tasks. However, final GCSE grades are all determined by exams taken at the end of Year 11. These GCSEs will be graded 9-1.

This course is officially called GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. On this course, students still study all three subjects, but will be awarded with two grades which reflect overall average performance across the three sciences.

Students complete several ‘Required Practicals’ throughout the course. It is expected that all students complete these, and they will be assessed in the final exams.

Theory exams will contain a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short, structured questions and questions requiring extended responses. They will also test some core maths skills as well as the practical and investigative skills needed to be a good scientist. There will be six exams in total: two for each science subject.

  

What can studying this subject lead to?

Science is relevant to all whether you enter employment at 16 or go on to further study. These GCSEs provide excellent preparation for all post-16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, PE, Geography and Food Technology at A Level.

 

Examination board and course type

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

 

What can studying this subject lead to?

Science is relevant to all, whether entering employment at 16 or going on to further study. These GCSEs provide excellent preparation for all post-16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, PE, Geography and Food Technology at A level.

 

Subject Specific Guide

A subject specific guide featuring key content, recommended resources and the specifications we cover in that particular subject can be downloaded below:

Combined Science

 

Teacher to contact for further information

Mrs H Rojek

Science-Combined Curriculum Overview