GCSE Combined Science


Combined science is a joint award that looks at all three science disciplines. It is worth two GCSE’s upon completion.

What will I learn?

This covers the new Science Programme of Study (the content of this makes up part of the separate Science awards). This has been developed so that students become more ‘scientifically literate’, i.e. they are able to make reasoned judgements about the science issues which may affect them in their everyday lives.

It looks at aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and includes a detailed look at the scientific method.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Cell level systems
  • Genes, inheritance and selection
  • The nervous system
  • The particle model
  • Types of chemical reaction
  • Controlling chemical reactions
  • Magnets and magnetic fields
  • Radioactivity
  • Powering Earth

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be using the new 9-1 grading system, replacing the A*-G. The foundation tiers will cover grades 1–5 and the higher, grades 4-9. There are no controlled assessments in the new science qualification however a far greater emphasis is placed upon the use of mathematical methods in science. The exam will be 7 hours, but broken up into separate papers, and will look to assess knowledge on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 10% of the Biology paper, 20% of the Chemistry and 30% of the Physics will assess mathematical skills.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for progression onto A level sciences, however if you are interested in taking a science at A level then the Single Sciences option is advised, due to additional skills and content covered.

The development of science in a modern society is essential for economic growth. It increasingly plays a part in our everyday lives. The list of career opportunities is almost endless. They range from the medical profession, i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, public health and dentistry, to construction engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Opportunities also occur in computing, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. Scientists also form an important part of the aerospace industry, industrial chemical manufacturing, textiles and car industry.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact: suzanne.squair@biddenham.beds.sch.uk and karl.walker@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Exam board: OCR