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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code
Awarding Body OCR
Level GCSE
Start Date 05/09/2022

Course overview

This GCSE is available in Pathway 1 only.

Our one-year Combined Science GCSE gives a flexible approach to learning.

The course is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of biology, chemistry and physics.

Practical work in class supports key theories in each topic.

Completing this course will help you to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and understanding of theories within biology, chemistry and physics;
  • develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, and how science can answer questions about the world around us;
  • learn, develop and apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field, and in other learning environments
  • develop your ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

This course is run in the David Hockney Building at the main city centre campus.

What you'll study

  • B1: Cell Level Systems
  • B2: Scaling up
  • B3: Organism level systems
  • B4: Community level systems
  • B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
  • B6: Global challenges
  • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
  • C1: Particles
  • C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • C3: Chemical reactions
  • C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
  • C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • C6: Global challenges
  • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
  • P1: Matter
  • P2: Forces
  • P3: Electricity and magnetism
  • P4: Waves and radioactivity
  • P5: Energy
  • P6: Global challenges
  • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
    • B1: Cell Level Systems
    • B2: Scaling up
    • B3: Organism level systems
    • B4: Community level systems
    • B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
    • B6: Global challenges
    • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
    • C1: Particles
    • C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
    • C3: Chemical reactions
    • C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
    • C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
    • C6: Global challenges
    • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
    • P1: Matter
    • P2: Forces
    • P3: Electricity and magnetism
    • P4: Waves and radioactivity
    • P5: Energy
    • P6: Global challenges
    • CS7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.

Assessment

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Combined Science A (Gateway Science) consists of six exam papers (2 biology, 2 chemistry, 2 physics) that are externally assessed.
Each Paper is a 1 hour 10 minutes 60 mark written paper 16.7% of total GCSE.

Exam papers
Section A contains multiple-choice questions. This section of the paper is worth 10 marks.

Section B includes short answer question styles and an extended six-mark Level of Response question. This section of the paper is worth 50 marks.

Entry requirements

GCSE combined or separate sciences
Grade 3
GCSE English Language and Maths
Grade 3

English and maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £408

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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