Enrichment week (w/c July 15th 2019). Spaces available in Year 8.

Combined Science

GCSE Combined Science

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

Students study topics across the three science subjects leading to a qualification in Combined Science, which will be worth two GCSE’s. The exam board used is Edexcel.

WHAT THE COURSE INVOLVES

Biology 1: Overarching concepts in biology; Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles.

Biology 2: Overarching concepts in biology; Plant structures and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health, disease and development of medicines.

Chemistry 1: Formulae, equations and hazards; Overarching concepts in chemistry (atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses); States of matter; Methods of separating and purifying substances; Acids; Obtaining and using metals; Electrolytic processes; Reversible and irreversible reactions.

Chemistry 2: Formulae, equations and hazards; Overarching concepts in chemistry; Groups 1,7 and 0; Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; Earth and atmosphere science.

Physics 1: Overarching concepts in physics (motion, forces and conservation of energy); Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model; Radioactivity; Astronomy.

Physics 2: Overarching concepts in physics; Energy and forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Magnetism and the motor effect; Particle model; Forces and matter.

HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED

All external exams are sat at the end of Year 11.

Students will sit six exams of equal weighting. Each paper is 1 hour and 10 minutes and is a mixture of different style questions, including multiple choice, short answer questions, calculations and questions involving calculations.