Science Course Outline

Qualification - Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science (1SC0)

This course offers the depth and breadth of topics that will help to our students engage with the fundamentals of science and fulfil their potential.

Delivered as 6 units over 2 years.

Biology 1: Overarching concepts in biology, Cells and control, Genetics, Natural selection, genetic modification, Ecosystems, material cycles
Biology 2: Plant structures and their functions, Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Exchange, transport, health, disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry 1: Overarching concepts in chemistry: atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses, states of matter, methods of separating and purifying substances, reversible reactions and equilibria
Chemistry 2: Groups 1, 7 and 0, Rates of reaction, fuels, heat energy changes in chemical reactions, earth and atmospheric science.

Physics 1: Overarching concepts in physics: motion, forces and conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, particle model 1, radioactivity
Physics 2: Motion, matter, forces, conservation of energy, forces doing work, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, particle model 2

Skills Required

• have a reasonable standard of maths to be able to carry out calculations and written English and comprehension skills
• have an interest in learning about the applications of science in the world around us
• resilience and a willingness to work hard throughout the whole course.

Assessment Method

6 examinations – each lasting 70 minutes examined at foundation or higher tier

Biology 1 & Biology 2
Chemistry 1 & Chemistry 2
Physics 1 & Physics 2

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

After successfully completing your GCSE, you can pursue an A level in physics, chemistry or biology. This would equip you to think logically and solve problems which would enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of fields from space, climate change, medicine to ecology.


Science is fun because you can learn the things that were once unknown to us.” - Reece

You unlock secrets about why you are alive and the finer detail of what is keeping you alive. A mixture of practical and theory work is the only way to deeper learning.” -  Grace

The UK has the most productive science research amongst the other leading research nations and you could be contributing to that.





Videos from the Department

Miss Wilson introduces the Science course, and Mr Allen expands and discusses what's involved in the scope of study.