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. You 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 take all your examinations in the June examination series at the end of Year 11. 

You will take 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 Applied Science KS5 course which is appropriate for those wishing to pursue a career in nursing, engineering, paramedics, 

forensics or other science-based apprenticeships.