Combined Science

Exam Board: AQA

Head of Departement:
Dr Amelia Marks - Physics
Mr Andrew Niven - Chemistry
Dr stephanie Warren - Biology

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Course Structure

The course follows the same structure as those for the three separate sciences with approximately one third of the content removed from each discipline. This leads to the final award of two GCSE grades – thus it is often referred to as “Double Award Science”.


The course is externally assessed at the end of Year 11 via six papers:

Biology 1, Biology 2, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Physics 1 and Physics 2.

All six papers are equally weighted and last 1 hour and 15 minutes. The topic list for each paper can be seen by consulting the pages for Biology, Chemistry and Physics separate sciences. Grades will be awarded from 9 to 1and a foundation tier is available if necessary which assesses up to grade 5. Experimental skills will be developed throughout the course and assessed via the examination papers where the focus will be specifically on the compulsory experiments named in the syllabus.

The assessment for this qualification is linear and all papers must be taken in the same series.

Students may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs and describe, explain and interpret physical phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to students; these questions are designed to assess data-handling skills and the ability to apply physics principles to unfamiliar situations.

Questions will be of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response types.

The weighting of the assessment objectives will be:

AO1: Knowledge and understanding 40%

AO2: Application of knowledge and understanding 40%

AO3: Analysis and evaluation of data and methods 20%

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to work as investigators, planning and analysing their practical work. They are also encouraged to develop their ICT and communication skills.



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