Combined Science

Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Business & ICT

Course Content & Assessment

We have a staff comprising of thirteen teachers, three technicians and a teaching assistant. Amongst the team there are specialist teachers in the three traditional Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and teachers with experience of various aspects of Applied Science. This is reflected in the courses offered at GCSE and Post 16.The broad spectrum of staff specialisms coupled with a high level of ICT skills have led to a Science curriculum that encompasses a range of learning styles and encourages students to develop skills that encourage them to examine the world around them.

The aim of the course is to:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science
Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills · Develop the ability to evaluate claims based on Science through critical analysis

Science teaches you to think in a structured, logical way and use this to communicate complex ideas. You will apply techniques that you have learnt in maths to real measurements in order to solve scientific problems, as well as gaining skills in analysing and interpreting data. Practical work is also an important part of Science and you will learn to use new equipment and techniques to take accurate measurements in the 21 required practicals you must complete.

100% written examination, Students will sit six 1h 15 min exams.
2x Biology papers 2X Chemistry Papers 2x Physics Papers

Combined Science
Science is experimenting to finding out how the universe works, from what happens in your body to how we generate electricity for our everyday life. It involves both learning and testing new theories as well as being able to apply these to new contexts in the real word. The course is divided into the three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of the Sciences is divided further into topics, each covering different key concepts.

Triple Science
GCSE Triple Science goes beyond Combined Science and allows you to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics in greater breadth and depth. At the end of the course you will receive three separate GCSE, one in each subject.
For those students who have a healthy curiosity of the scientific world and how it works, then triple science GCSEs are recommended.

The new course for the first term is designed to develop students skills in a number of areas that prepare them for GCSE.
The activities include:
Researching a scientific question (a key component of GCSE Core Science coursework)
Strategically planning to test a scientific idea, collecting relevant data, analysis and evaluation of the data collected.
Examine key ideas in science
Study the way that scientific discoveries have led to an understanding of the world around us and how this is relevant to us in our everyday lives.

The course is designed around the new Assessing Pupils Progress framework which replaces the SATS exams and aims to assess students’ skills in a number of key areas.
At the end of the first term students will begin the Core Science GCSE.

Core Science
The course aims to develop scientific literacy. There are two main strands:
• key science explanations which help us to make sense of our lives
• ideas about science which show how science works.
This course views science from the perspective of a member of the public and is taught in the context of topics of current and cultural interest. Future scientists will also benefit from learning about how science works.
The GCSE is divided into 9 modules split equally over the three area of science and assessed through examination (66.6%) and two pieces of centre assessed work; a ‘Case Study’ and ‘Data Analysis’ (33.3%).

Additional Science
Additional Science features science for scientists. It prepares students for progression to study AS and A-levels in the sciences. By giving more emphasis and space to more fundamental ideas in the sciences, it provides a stimulating, preparation for more advanced study.
The GCSE is divided into 9 modules split equally over the three area of science and assessed through examination (66.6%) and a single piece of coursework which accounts for the final assessment (33.3%).
In year 9 students can select to study the three separate sciences at Key Stage 4. This requires students to study all the material in Core and Additional Science along with extra material related to topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The additional units are designated Unit 7 and encompass ideas related to topics in each separate science.

B7 Further Biology: Biology across the ecosystem
• Living organisms are interdependent - energy flow through ecosystems. Soil.
• Photosynthesis - importance of photosynthesis in the food chain.
• Heterotrophic nutrition - symbiosis and commensalisms. Parasites.
• New technologies - DNA technologies; social, ethical and economic implications.
• Respiration - respiration and exercise.
• Circulation - components of blood; blood types; the circulation system.
• Skeletal systems - skeletal system; health and fitness.

C7 Further Chemistry: Chemistry for a sustainable world
• Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters. Organic molecules and functional groups; alcohols; carboxylic acids; esters.
• Energy changes in Chemistry. Why are there energy changes during chemical reactions?
• Reversible reactions and equilibria - introducing dynamic equilibrium
• Analysis - analytical procedures; chromatography; quantitative analysis
• Green Chemistry - the chemical industry; the characteristics of green Chemistry; making ethanol.

P7 Further Physics: Observing the Universe
• Observing the sky with the naked eye - stars, planets and satellites.
• How does a telescope work? Making a real image with a converging lens and the use of a second lens to create a telescope.
• What are the objects we see in the night sky and how far are they? Spectra and brightness of stars; parsec; Cepheid variables; Hubble constant.
• What are stars? Birth and death of stars; nuclear processes.
• How do astronomers work together?

I really enjoy studying core science, especially completing the practical work as I find it’s the best way to learn and it can teach everyone something new. This year science has been full of interesting things about life and how it works, in particular the structure of the heart and the heart dissection. I find that I am always learning something new in my lessons which help me to further my understanding of the world. Lewis Thornton – Wessex House

Entry Criteria & Progression

We offer all three of the sciences at A-Level with the following entry requirements: -

A-Level Biology – 7 in GCSE Combined science, 6 in GCSE Maths, 6 in GCSE English

A-Level Chemistry – 7 in GCSE Combined science, 6 in GCSE Maths, 6 in GCSE English

A-Level Physics – 7 in GCSE Combined science, 7 in GCSE Maths, 5 in GCSE English