KS4 Combined Science

Why is Science compulsory at Fulwood Academy?

We believe that science has something to offer every student. From a trainee chef to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a cancer researcher, everyone needs some level of relevant science understanding. From the natural world to modern technology, science exists all around. Understanding science basics and learning the scientific process helps us figure out how things work. Understanding how the world works builds a foundation for learning so students can comprehend advanced ideas. The knowledge also helps older students and adults improve the world, protect natural resources and even create new products or solutions for problems in the world. The scientific process engages critical thinking through developing questions, creating hypotheses, conducting experiments and evaluating the data collected. The scientific process also encourages problem-solving that students can apply to real life.

 This subject will suit you if:


  • You enjoy the challenge of science and investigative work;
  • You want to go on to study a science at A Level.





 Combined Science – What does the course involve?

Combined science involves studying for two GCSE qualifications. 

You’ll explore exciting topics in biology, chemistry and physics and sit six exams – gaining the equivalent of two GCSEs.


It’s excellent preparation if you want to study science after Key Stage 4.


Students are assessed by examinations at the end of Year 11.



Triple Science – What is the difference? Who is it for?

Triple science involves studying for three GCSE qualifications – biology, chemistry and physics. Students will get a separate grade for each subject. If you are really interested in science and want to study it in college it will be a great start as you cover more of each science. You need to be good at science and motivated to meet the challenges of triple. It is all assessed by exams at the end of Year 11.




How will I be assessed?

All GCSEs are now linear rather than modular. This means all exams will take place at the end of the course. There will be no controlled assessment, although practical lessons will help you answer questions in the exams. The course is assessed by examination at the end of the two year course.




What do the courses lead to?

Students with high attainment can progress to A Level Science study following their GCSEs. Other vocational courses are available depending on your interests and goals.


The Science Department have started a FaceBook page to showcase all the exciting things they are doing.

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