Selston High School 2019 Ofsted Report - Flipbook - Page 8
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The majority of students entering Key Stage 4 in September 2019 will study GCSE (9-1) Combined Science. From
this, students will achieve two GCSE grades.
What skills and qualities do I need?
Students must be prepared to work hard and focus well in lessons if they are achieve at their best. Students must
also be motivated to completing work in their own time and organising and preparing themselves for external
What will I do on the course?
The course covers all disciplines of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within each discipline the application
of science in the world around us and the theoretical side of science are studied.
How is the course organised and assessed?
The Combined Science course consists of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and students will sit six written
examinations at the end of Year 11
• Paper 1 – Biology 1
• Paper 2 – Biology 2
• Paper 3 – Chemistry 1
• Paper 4 – Chemistry 2
• Paper 5 – Physics 1
• Paper 6 – Physics 2
Each examination represents 16.67 % of the qualification and will last for 1 hour 10 minutes. In each examination
there will be a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions,
calculations and extended response questions.
Practical work will form a significant part of the course and there are 17
'core practicals' that every student must experience. This practical work will
be assessed via the written examinations detailed above.
Alternatively students can select to do Triple Science as an option which will
lead to three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This option
is of particular use to those wishing to study science at Post 16 level.
Students taking triple science will study additional units in Biology,
Chemistry and Physics leading to 3 x GCSEs in the separate sciences at
Homework will be set regularly to consolidate knowledge and skills
delivered in class and to give students practice in the applications of the
science taught. Even when homework is not formally set in class, it is
expected that students will review the work that has been carried out that
week and spend time preparing for the next series of external examinations.