St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Mr K Lysaght 




Two GCSEs in Combined Science

Programme of study

Combined Science is studied as part of the Core Curriculum and as such is a compulsory subject.

You will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will learn about topics including human biology and evolution, where raw materials come from and about the universe. There is great emphasis on learning to become responsible citizens, looking after our planet and understanding the implications of being wasteful with our resources. You will spend time investigating issues relating to the topics in a practical way where appropriate.

How is the course structured & assessed? 

You will sit six examinations at the end of Year 11. Each examination contributes 16.7% of the final GCSE grades for Combined Science.
There will be:

  • two Biology papers

  • two Chemistry papers

  • two Physics papers

    You will complete practical assignments throughout the course and your understanding and application of these practicals will be assessed within the final GCSE examinations.

What can these qualifications lead to?

GCSEs in Combined Science naturally lead to A Level in Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics. These qualifications can then lead to a variety of science-based degrees at university. You can also progress to the Applied Science KS5 course, which is appropriate if you wish to pursue a career in nursing, engineering, paramedics, forensics or other science-based apprenticeships.