Science Combined

New GCSE for Current year 9 cohort – first accreditation in 2018

Exam board: Edexcel

Course code/specification number: 1CS0

Level of qualification: Level 2

What will students learn about?

The Combined Science GCSE is comprised of 3 components; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology topics include: Key concepts in biology, Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health, disease and the development of medicines, Plant Structures and their functions, Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Exchange and transport in animals, Ecosystems and material cycles.

Chemistry topics include: Key concepts in chemistry, States of matter and mixtures, Chemical changes, Extracting metals and equilibria, Groups in the periodic table, Rates of reaction and energy changes, Fuels and Earth science.

Physics topics include: Key concepts of physics, Motion and forces, Conservation of energy, Waves, Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Radioactivity, Energy – Forces doing work, Forces and their effects, Electricity and circuits, Magnetism and the motor effect, Electromagnetic induction, Particle model, Forces and matter.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

Students will engage in both literacy and maths within their Science qualification.

There are many topics which include mathematical formulae or balancing of equations.

Students will be assessed in their scientific skills on Core practicals during each of the exams.

How will students learning be assessed?

The Combined Science GCSE is equally weighted between 6 exams (each are worth 16.67% of the qualification):

  • Biology exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) – examined once in the summer term at the end of year 11.
  • Chemistry exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) - examined once in the summer term at the end of year 11.
  • Physics exam x 2 (each 1 hour 10 mins) - examined once in the summer term at the end of year 11.

Students will be assessed based upon a variety of question styles; Multiple-choice, Short answer, Calculation and Extended open-response.

There are no re-sit opportunities.

What grades can students access?

Students can complete Higher or Foundation level exams.

As currently understood the grades will be given on a numerical scale from 9-1 (9 being the highest grade)

What can students progress on to after completing this course?

Students can move onto complete A levels/college courses in any of the Sciences.

For further information please contact:

Mr P Conlon: p.conlon@fhs.essex.sch.uk