Combined Science

For those pupils who do not wish to take the three separate sciences as one of their four options, there is a course of compulsory Combined Science which includes equal components of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The course encourages the study of Science using a narrative based approach where ideas are introduced within relevant and interesting settings. This helps pupils to link their knowledge to familiar concepts. Practical skills are embedded within the specification and pupils are expected to carry out particular experiments in preparation for the written examination which will specifically test these skills. There is no longer controlled assessment in Science.

The syllabus for both the Combined Science course includes the following topics:

B1: You and your genes

B2: Keeping healthy

B3: Living together – food and ecosystems

B4: Using food and controlling growth

B5: The human body – staying alive

B6: Life on Earth – past, present and future

C1: Air and water

C2: Chemical patterns

C3: Chemicals of the natural environment

C4: Material choices

C5: Chemical analysis

C6: Making useful chemicals

P1: Radiation and waves

P2: Sustainable energy

P3: Electric circuits

P4: Explaining motion

P5: Radioactive materials

P6: Matter – models and explanations

BCP7: Ideas about Science

BCP8: Practical Skills

There are four examinations of 1 hour 45 minutes taken at the end of Year 11. Three papers are worth 95 marks and one is worth 75 marks.