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Combined Science

Examination Board: AQA

Exact Course Title: GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Why should I study Science?

Every pupil is required to take Science throughout Key Stage 4. Combined Science is a Core subject that all students must take, unless you opt for Triple Science instead. Studying science will equip students with the skills and knowledge considered essential for post-16 courses in the sciences as well as providing many transferrable skills into many careers.

What will I learn?

You will study a range of topics in all of the sciences over 3 years.

  • Biology includes work on cells and organisation, infections, variation, evolution and inheritance.
  • Chemistry includes atomic structure and bonding, energy changes and organic chemistry.
  • Physics includes energy, electricity, matter, forces, waves and magnetism.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to actively participate in practical work, group discussions and research. You will need to learn many key scientific terms and make reference to them in answering questions. An inquisitive mind and attention to detail are good scientific qualities. You will need to be thorough in your investigative work and have an active mind to provide detailed explanations of concepts.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop research skills, listening skills and analytical skills. You will become confident in carrying out investigative work and accurately recording and presenting your findings. You will learn to work as part of a group and to consider the views and opinions of other students. You will be able to present an informed view of topical scientific issues and develop the ability to view the issues from both sides before coming to a conclusion. You will need to analyse scientific data and explain this linking it to current scientific theory.

How will I be assessed?

Over the course of two years, you will expected to complete seven required practicals in your Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons. Your knowledge, skills and understanding of these practicals will be assessed in your written examination papers. Students will sit six examination papers at the end of Year 11. Three examinations (one in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will count towards your first GCSE and three examinations (one in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will count towards your second GCSE. Each paper will be for 1 hour 15 minutes. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Where will this qualification lead me?

Students completing the course will receive 2 GCSEs in Science. You will be able to undertake further study at A Level and continue into University or employment. The skills acquired in science apply to many careers including Engineering, Life Sciences, Forensic investigation, Biomedical Research, Veterinary Sciences.