Year 9 Options 20/21 - Combined Science

Examination Board:
Course Description:
All students will follow the Combined Science course which develops scientific knowledge and understanding
through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
How will students learn?
The course is designed to build on students’ knowledge and understanding of the natural world, and the
scientific method, they have developed during KS3. Students will develop an understanding of the nature,
processes and methods of science, that helps them to answer specific questions about the world around them.
They will learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory
and in the field.
How will the course be assessed?
Students will sit two papers for each science: a total of 6 papers at the end of Yr11. Each exam is 1 hour 10
minutes (2 x biology, 2 x chemistry and 2 x physics). These papers are available at foundation and higher tier.
Students will be awarded 2 GCSEs in Science.
Education Pathways after Year 11:
IB Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
A Level Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
A Level Psychology, Computer Science
Degree courses in: Biomedicine, Medicine, Dentistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science,
Veterinary Science, Psychology
Career Routes:
Science is a valuable qualification for a variety of post-16 options. Employers value the combination of logical
thinking, data handling, scientific knowledge, and rigour of a science qualification. Those considering careers
in construction, plumbing, or becoming an electrician will benefit from the knowledge and skills developed
with a science qualification. A wide range of professions require a science background, such as medicine,
dentistry, teaching, veterinary science, forensic science, space science, oceanography, lab technician,
nanotechnology, weather forecasting, optometry, toxicology, radiography, electrician, cosmetic science,
zoologist, environmental science, chemical engineering, petrochemicals. Food and drug companies also
require biochemists. Science is an important supporting subject in many of these career options.