Combined / Separate Sciences

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Type of course: GCSE AQA Trilogy Combined Sciences or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics in Year 10.
How is the course assessed?
Students are required to sit 6 exams for both routes, 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics.  Learners are entered for either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.The examination tests both the scientific knowledge that is acquired during the course and the skills required to carry out a scientific investigation. Students are required to complete 21 practical activities throughout the course and knowledge of these will be tested in the exam alongside other content.
For the combined course each exam is 1hr 15mins long and has 70 marks. Each exam counts towards 16.7% of the overall award. There is no coursework element and exams are linear so they are all sat at the end of the course.
For separate science each exam is 1hr 45mins long and has 100 marks. Each subject has 2 exams which count towards 50%. There is no coursework element and exams are linear so they are all sat at the end of the course.
What topics/ units will you study?
Paper 1s
Biology Paper 1
Biology topics 1 – 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
Chemistry topics 8 – 12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the
properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
Physics topics 18 – 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
Paper 2s
Biology topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
Chemistry topics 13 – 17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
Physics topics 22 – 24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space (separate only).
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
All students are required to take the combined course in year 9 then some students may wish choose science as an extra option in year 10 and they will follow the Biology, Chemistry and Physics route. These students will gain 3 GCSEs in science at the end of the course.
The separate science route requires 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?
There are currently 2 STEM Clubs which carry out a variety of different investigations every week.  The department also works closely with local universities to provide enhanced teaching in class and enrichment through external partners coming in to share their knowledge of scientific industries.
The department will work with selected groups of students to enter completions run by external agencies such as Institute of Physics, BP and CREST.
A GCSE groups have the opportunity to attend extra revision classes on a weekly basis.
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 develops your problem solving skills and allows you to make more informed decisions. You will be able to demonstrate to employers that you can work through problems logically testing different options and finding the best solution.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Ms Hitchcock 1sc2 or Mr Robinson 0sc1
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"I love practical work, we feel like real scientists in a lab."
Year 11 student