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KS4 – Combined Science


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Combined Science

Students studying combined science will be awarded 2 GCSEs at the end of year 11. They will sit 6 x 1hr 15mins exams. Each GCSE will be made up of a Biology, Chemistry and Physics grade. The 2 GCSEs are tied and cannot be reduced to 1 GCSE.

Science is taught for 1 hour every school day. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught for 3 lessons per fortnight each. The 10th lesson is a spaced lesson known as science which is used to slow down the curriculum. During ‘science,’ staff will revisit concepts that students have not understood well, use recall strategies to assist students in remembering more and explain exam technique so students know what to expect in their GCSEs.

Each topic is taught using a Big Question. These help students to see relevance of science to their everyday life and makes an additional link to career options in some cases. Students will refer to the Big Questions throughout every unit. Our Big Questions are found on the learning journey. Please take a look.

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Biology Journey

Chemistry Journey

Physics Journey

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