Combined Science

Science is a core GCSE subject as well as an essential requirement for most Science based career routes. In the Combined Science pathway students will be studying the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; this will lead to two GCSE’s. Teaching and assessment of this course will allow students to develop their practical skills in all three Science disciplines as well as deepening their understanding of scientific content. Students will develop the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Prediction
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
Curriculum Overview: Combined Science
Year 7 Year 8
  • Introduction to Science
  • Cells, tissues, organs and systems
  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkali
  • Sexual reproduction in animals
  • Energy
  • Current and electricity
  • Muscles and bones
  • The particle model
  • Forces
  • Ecosystems, variation and food chains
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Sound
  • Food and nutrition
  • The periodic table
  • Practical science
  • Plants and reproduction
  • Light
  • Breathing and respiration
  • Metals and their uses
  • Energy transfer
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Earth and space
  • Rocks
  • Making materials
  • Reactivity
  • Forces and motion
  • Force fields and electromagnets
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Plant growth
  • Combustion
  • Fluids
  • Practical science


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Begin GCSE course
  • B1 Key concepts
  • C1 States of matter
  • C2 Methods of separation and purifying substances
  • P1 Motion
  • B2 Cells and control
  • C3 Atomic structure
  • C4 Periodic table                 
  • C9 Calculations involving masses     
  • P2 Forces and motion
  • B3 Genetics
  • C6 Covalent bonding
  • P3 Conservation of energy
  • B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
  • P4 Waves
  • P5 Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • C5 Ionic bonding
  • C7 Types of substances
  • C8 Acids and Alkali
  • B5 Health and disease
  • P6 Radioactivity
  • P7 Energy forces doing work
  • P8 Forces and their effects
  • C10 Electrolytic processes
  • C11 Obtaining and using metals
  • C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria
  • B6 Plant structures and their functions
  • B7 Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • P12 Particle model
  • C13 Groups in the Periodic table
  • C14 Rates of reaction
  • B9 Ecosystems and material cycles



  • B8 Exchange and transport in animals
  • P9 Electricity and circuits
  • P10 Magnetism and the motor effect
  • P11 Electromagnetic induction
  • P13 Forces and matter
  • C15 Heat energy changes
  • C16 Fuels
  • C17 Earth and atmospheric science
  • Revision


Internal assessments take place every half term. Exams will be assessed at two levels; standard tier to achieve grades 5 to 1 and higher tier for targeting grades 9 to 4. The assessment is 100% exam in Year 11, where students will take six written exam papers, two for each of the Science disciplines. Students entered for the combined science course will sit an exam which will last for 1 hour 10 minutes and will be scored out of 60 marks.

Year 11 students have access to two key online revision resources to support with their independent revision; My GCSE Science and Tassomai. My GCSE Science is an excellent online learning and revision platform that is fully updated for the 9-1 GCSE specifications. As well as video tutorials, the platform provides multiple-choice quizzes, exam-style questions and mark schemes on every topic. It covers both Foundation and Higher tier material and provides key material to develop practical and mathematical skills. Tassomai is an online revision resource whereby the syllabus has been broken down into quizzable micro-fact, covering everything students need to know for their exams. Tassomai’s unique algorithm adapts itself to the user, targeting their weaknesses, and tailors the quizzes accordingly.

Exam Board Specification: Edexcel

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Enrichment Offer

Intervention to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning is at the heart of our delivery model. The Science department runs intervention sessions for our Key Stage 4 students, practical carousels after school on alternating Fridays and masterclasses focussing on content and exam technique. We are proud of our links with local universities and industries.

Useful Resources and Revision Support