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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Additional Science 

This is a compulsory GCSE subject and is studied by all students. Assessment is 100% written examinations at the end of the course. The other alternative is to opt for a triple award in science where GCSE grades are awarded separately for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. (See separate information).


The course content/outline

The AQA science course aims to: -
a) Develop students’ interest and enthusiasm for science.
b) Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods used.
c) Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
d) Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning



How the assessment is carried out:


Combined Science AssessmentWhen
6 written examinations = 100% of final gradeGCSE exams are held in May/June at the end of year 11
2x Biology examinations 
2x Chemistry examinations 
2x Physics examinations 


Each exam takes the following format:

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
• Foundation and Higher Tier
• 70 marks
• 16.7% of GCSE

• Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Post 16 progression qualifications

The Combined Science GCSE is accepted by all colleges as a qualification into any ‘A’ level studies. However, if students want to pursue any science ‘A’ levels (biology, chemistry, physics) they would have to achieve a double 7 at least or opt for the triple award (See Triple Science Award).

Possible Careers

The Combined Science GCSE is highly regarded by employers and is accepted as a qualification into any employment which requires GCSE standard of education.