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GCSE Combined Science

Please note: All students in the academy will study for these qualifications except students who opt to do Separate Sciences.

Course Outline
Students taking Combined Science will gain two GCSE qualifications. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required by real scientists in their work. The qualification is Linear meaning that the students will sit all examinations at the end of the course. The content for each subject area is listed below.

Biology 
 1. Cell biology5. Homeostasis and response
 2. Organisation 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
 3. Infection and response  7. Ecology
 4. Bioenergetics 
   
Chemistry 
 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table6. Chemical changes
 2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter 7.Organic chemistry
 3. Quantitative chemistry 8. Chemistry in the atmosphere
 4. Chemical analysis 9. Energy changes
 5. The rate and extent of chemical change10. Using resources
   
Physics 
 1. Forces 5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
 2. Energy  6. Particle model of matter
 3. Waves  7. Atomic structure
 4. Electricity  


Assessment
There are six examination papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each paper will assess different topics.  
Each examination paper lasts for 1hour 15 minutes.
There are two tiers – Foundation and Higher.
Each paper has 70 marks and is worth 16.7% of the final grade.
The type of questions included on each paper examination paper are multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

Progression/Further Study
Two GCSEs in Science subjects are the minimum requirement from post - 16 Colleges to go on to study A-Levels in Science which can then lead to Higher Education. This is also true of Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science.
Many other options at post - 16 require two good passes in GCSE Sciences.   There are a huge number of possible careers that require good Science GCSEs. Further detail can be found at: http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com/a-z-of-roles/