“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge” – Stephen Hawking
In combined science we follow the Edexcel specification and are examined at the end of year 11. You will cover biology, chemistry and physics with a specialist teacher for each subject. At the end of year 11 there will be two 70 minute exams for each subject (so 6 in total). Students completing the combined science course will receive 2 GCSE grades.
In Separate /Triple Science you cover the same content as combined students, but will also cover extra content taught in 5 extra lessons per fortnight. At the end of year 11 you will sit six 1 hour 45 minute exams (2 per subject). Completion of the course results in 3 GCSE grades, one in each of biology, chemistry and physics. Please note that students need to be at a 6c minimum by year 9 in order to take separate sciences.
- Biology – cells and cell processes, control systems, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health and disease, plants, hormones, exchange and transport and ecosystems.
- Chemistry – states of matter, periodic table, bonding, acids and alkalis, electrolysis, groups in the periodic table and fuels.
- Physics – motion and forces, energy, waves, EM spectrum, radioactivity, electricity, magnetism, and particle models.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Analyse and interpret data: Carry out effective practical work
- Devise and evaluate investigations
- Apply basic maths skills to help them solve problems
|Biology paper 1||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||17|
|Biology paper 2||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||17|
|Chemistry paper 1||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||17|
|Chemistry paper 2||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||16.6|
|Physics paper 1||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||16.6|
|Physics paper 2||1 hour 10 minutes/1 hour 45 minutes||16.6|
Careers linked to this field include:
- Nursing and dentistry
- Marine biology