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.