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:
- Problem solving
- Working with others
Curriculum Overview: Combined Science
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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
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