Friday, 24 November, 2017



Here at TGS the Science department prides itself on its excellent GCSE results. Students regularly exceed their computer based predictions and over 95% of students go on to study at least one A level in Science.

Understanding science makes everything—a walk in the woods, reading a newspaper, or watching the news on TV, a family visit to a science museum or beach—more interesting. It helps us to make sense of the world.

A wide diversity of careers exist in which science is used. They range from the expected— science teacher, vet or forensics technician, to the adventurous—astronaut, deep-cave explorer, and oceanographer—and to the offbeat—roller coaster designer, perfumer, and sport biomechanist.

Course Outline:

All pupils will follow the OCR Gateway Science A (9 to 1) but can choose to take either:

  1. ‘Combined Science’ which results in 2 (double award) GCSEs OR
  2. 3 separate sciences which results in 3 GCSEs, one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All 3 sciences must be taken, there is no opportunity to study 2 out of the 3.

We would strongly recommend that any pupil considering taking any A Level Science does opt for the triple Science. This is especially important if Chemistry or Physics at A Level is a consideration. If you expect to take 3 separate sciences at A Level or to be a Vet or a Doctor then separate sciences are a must!

Pupils will take the following topics. Combined Science pupils will study a reduced proportion of the content of each topic. 


  • B1: Cell level systems
  • B2: Scaling up
  • B3: Organism level systems
  • B4: Community level systems
  • B5: Interaction between systems
  • B6: Global challenges


  • 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


  • P1: Matter
  • P2: Forces
  • P3: Electricity
  • P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
  • P5: Waves in matter
  • P6: Radioactive decay – waves and particles
  • P7: Energy
  • P8: Global challenges

GCSE Combined Science (end of Year 11) – worth 2 GCSEs:  
Assessment Information: 

2 x 1 hour 10 min papers in each of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Each exam is worth 16.7%.  Maths content of the papers will be 20%.

Practical assessment taken in normal lessons will consist of a minimum of 16 practicals across the 3 subjects. Practical techniques will be assessed as 15% of the written exams. 

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (end of Year 11) – worth 3 GCSEs: 

2 x 1 hour 45 minute exams in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each exam is worth 50% of the GCSE in each subject. Maths content in Biology is 10%, Chemistry is 20% and Physics is 30%.

Practical assessment taken in normal lessons will consist of a minimum of 8 practicals in each science. Practical techniques will be assessed as 15% of the written exams. 

Specification Links:

GCSE Combined Science

Separate Science GCSEs – Year 11:

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