GCSE Combined Science
What does this subject involve?
GCSE Combined Science:
- identifies the activities and experiences learners will come across in everyday life
- provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.
Why should I choose this subject?
Choose the subject if you enjoy:
- studying organisms and our environment in Biology.
- studying chemical reactions and chemical resources in Chemistry.
- Finding energy, forces, space and electricity in Physics.
What skills will I need to succeed in this subject?
Active involvement in the learning process, enthusiastic, independent approach, hardworking, works well with others and above all an interest in the subject.
Where could this subject take me in the future?
The progression pathway is as follows: KS3 Curriculum → KS4 Science → A level Science → Further Education, Higher Education & Employment. There are plenty of courses which will give you an opportunity to have a career in Science - Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Pharmacology, Healthcare, Biomedical sciences, Environmental Science etc.
Who can I talk to for more information?
Science teachers and students.
Key Stage 4
What will students learn?
At the beginning of Year 9 the students complete a ‘Forensics’ transition unit which practices skills such as mathematical applications in science, scientific investigation skills and scientific writing. They also visit Chester Zoo, here they experience several strands of the GCSE course for the first time and see how this links to the world around them.
What type of homework will be set?
GCSE science students are set examination questions on a weekly basis or other homework if it is more suitable, e.g. research or extension work from the work completed in class. It is expected that all students work independently at home. Students should revisit the work they complete in class as soon as possible, we ensure all students have a revision guide and this is the best place to start. They will then meet it again in the next class and complete a homework activity. By revisiting the topic they will ensure they retain the knowledge. It is their responsibility to do this and speak to their teacher if they need any topic explaining again.
How will students be assessed in Science?
All units have assessments at the end. Depending on the number of lessons week they may also have a mid-unit assessment. It is expected that students will prepare for these as they would external examinations as teachers base their level of intervention on these assessments and they need to be as accurate as possible.
How parents support their child’s learning at home?
Ensure students complete their weekly homework and encourage them to use the following places for consolidating work covered in class:
- BBC bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ocr_gateway/
- OCR website - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/science/
- Revision Guid - Purchase from your teacher or Mrs Thomas, the cost is £3 it should cost £4.99!
- GCSE Textbook CD - When in school students can access the digital version of the GCSE textbooks used in school : X:faculty organisation/science/resources/OCR gateway/
What can students move onto with Science?
Good science GCSE results open many doors for students. A science pathway through 6th form and university will almost certainly lead to many opportunities and careers in the science sector. Skilled STEM students are in demand and currently lots of these positions are filled by employees from abroad as we have a skills shortage.
Most 6th form colleges require two GCSE passes at grade B or above to study A level science. This can be achieved in either the double award course or the triple course. If a student does not achieve the B grades, some 6th form colleges may accept a C with other strong GCSE results e.g. Maths. They may also go on to study science at level 3 on a more vocational course such as a BTEC.