Studying science provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the natural world, the skills of  investigation and experimentation and an appreciation of the importance of science to individuals and society.   Science GCSEs provide insight into and experience of how science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and about career choices.

Assessment Objectives

The Science courses are all assessed by 100% examination. There is no Controlled Assessment or coursework element.

There is now an increased mathematical requirement in this course.

Question papers are targeted at either foundation or higher tiers.


Most students in Years 10 and 11 will study 9 periods of science a fortnight.  The majority of students will complete a course in Combined Science (GCSE 9-1) which leads to 2 GCSEs.  Alternatively, more able students who attain a level 6B or above for their end of KS3 Science Test may opt to spend a    further 5 periods per fortnight following a two year course in the separate (triple) sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as a ‘Guided Choice’.  This will result in attaining 3 GCSEs.

The most appropriate programme for the majority of students will comprise of the Combined Science      (9-1).  This choice is also adequate preparation for those students who may decide to study one or more Science A levels provided they attain at least grade 6 at GCSE.

For students who enjoy science and are likely to pursue science ‘A’ levels, studying the separate sciences will provide further opportunities to develop their interest and enthusiasm for science as well as furnish them with additional knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare them for the study of science at ‘A’ level. 

Apart from the separate (Triple) Sciences students do not need to choose which KS4 science options they wish to follow at this stage as they will be guided by their science teacher, The Leader of Science, tutor and/or House Leader to ensure that each        student’s programme is suitable for their particular needs and aspirations.

For further details regarding Combined Science (GCSE 9-1) or Separate Sciences see:

If you require further information about any of the options available please contact Mrs Hillman or any other member of the Science Learning Area.