Science

“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.

Course content

  • 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.

Skills developed

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

Assessment

Description Length Percentage Comment
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

Destinations

Careers linked to this field include:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing and dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Marine biology
  • Pharmacology