Combined Science

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Welcome to the Science department where your child will study Combined Science.
 
Type of course: GCSE
 
What will I study?
 
Learners are entered for either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.  
 
We have divided the content into two main sections, which contain connections between areas of biology, physics and chemistry that sit together as part of good science.  
 
Life and Environmental Sciences (4.1 – 4.4)              
 
4.1 Building blocks:  from atoms to cells, behaviour and transport on the small scale.    
4.2 Transport over larger distances:  systems in animals and plants and how these systems interact.
4.3  Interactions with the environment: the effects of factors in the environment on organisms, how our choices affect our health.
4.4 Explaining change:  how organisms, species, living and non-living systems change over time.
 
Physical Sciences (4.5 - 4.8)
                                                                                                                                       
4.5 Building blocks for understanding: organising, patterns, properties and analysis.
4.6 Interactions over small and large distances: strong and weak forces between atoms, molecules and larger structures and how they interact.
4.7 Movement and interactions: rates of change of motion and direction of large and small objects and chemical changes.    
4.8 Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future: resources of materials and energy.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                         
Both sections include topics that draw together and apple key concepts.  Examples in Life and environmental sciences include Radiation and risk and The Earth’s atmosphere.  In these topics, earlier work on atomic structure, waves and electromagnetic radiation is used to explain the effects of different types of radiation on human tissues and on the climate.  An example in Physical sciences is Resources of materials and energy, which introduces life cycle assessment as a way of evaluating the impacts of using materials and energy to manufacture useful products.  This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
 
There are four separate papers:~
                                                                                                                                        
Paper 1
 
 
What’s assessed?
 
Life and environmental sciences      
 
Topics 4.1-4.4: Building blocks; transport over larger distances; interactions with the environment and explaining change.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
How it’s assessed
 
Written exam: 1hr 45mins        
 
Foundation or Higher (100 marks - 25% GCSE)    
 
Questions – Multiple choices, structured, closed and open short answer questions, with greater emphasis on knowledge and application (AO1 and AO2) than analysis and evaluation (AO3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Paper 2
 
What’s assessed?
 
Life and Environmental Sciences        
 
 
Topics 4.1-4.4: Building blocks; transport over larger distances; interactions with the environment and explaining change.
 
 
How it’s assessed
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Written exam: 1hr 45mins      
 
 Foundation or Higher (100 marks - 25% GCSE)
 
Questions – Multiple choices, structured, closed and open short answer questions. The paper assesses most of the analysis and evaluation (AO3) skills and most of the work on the required practicals for the topic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Paper 3
 
What’s assessed?
 
Physical sciences
 
Topics 4.5-4.8: Building blocks for understanding; Interactions over small and long distances; Movement and interactions and Guiding Spaceship earth towards a sustainable future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
How it’s assessed
 
Written exam: 1hr 45mins  
 
Foundation or Higher (100 marks - 25% GCSE)    
 
Questions – Multiple choices, structured, closed and open short answer questions, with greater emphasis on knowledge and application (AO1 and AO2) than analysis and evaluation (AO3).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Paper 4
 
What’s assessed?
 
Physical Sciences      
 
Topics 4.5-4.8: Building blocks for understanding; Interactions over small and long distances; Movement and interactions and Guiding Spaceship earth towards a sustainable future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
How it’s assessed
 
Written exam: 1hr 45mins              
 
 Foundation or Higher (100 marks - 25% GCSE)      
 
Questions – Multiple choices, structured, closed and open short answer questions, with greater emphasis on knowledge and application (AO1 and AO2) than analysis and evaluation (AO3) skills and most of the work on the requited practicals, for the topics.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
 
Someone who can work meticulously, willing to carry out independent study outside of the lesson, works scientifically and have/are willing to develop an understanding of key mathematical concepts.      
 
If you like to learn how things work, in order to learn how to fix things when they break, or how to understand everyday phenomena, then science will teach you the skills to do this. It also teaches you to find things out for yourself rather than always relying on other people’s reasons for things.                                                                                                                                                                                     
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
 
Carrying out scientific investigations in clubs such as STEM Club.  There are also weekly revision sessions available for all students before, during and after school.
 
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
 
Science related and non-science related careers. For example, Doctor, Pharmacist, Microbiologist, Teacher, Dentist, Psychologist, Lawyer etc.
 
How will this course help you to get a job?
 
Science gives you good problem solving skills and teaches you to be sceptical and know when to trust evidence.
 
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
 
Miss Overare or Miss French
 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
 
Carson Mo, "Science provides you with many ways to approach the questions you have in everyday life.”      
Ismat Djima, "I find it really interesting to learn about the science behind everything and it's important for my career." 
 Assaish Maryam, "I need Science to pursue my future career, and the teachers are really helpful in helping me achieve my grade."