The new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in both Combined Science and Separate Sciences encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It provides insight into and experience of How Science Works, stimulating students’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and career choices.

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science is equivalent to 2 GCSEs. It is divided into 6 units: Biology 1 & 2; Chemistry 1 & 2; and Physics 1 & 2. The content overview of each unit is available via the links below:

Overview of assessment for Combined Science:                     

Each unit (B1 & B2, C1 & C2 and P1 & P2) is assessed through a 1 hour 10 minute, 60 mark, tiered written examination. There is a Foundation paper: grades 1-5 or a Higher paper: grades 4-9

The 6 unit examinations are externally assessed and each is 16.67% of the total GCSE. Students will be entered for either the Foundation or Higher paper depending upon their ability. This GCSE follows a linear programme of assessment (In a linear qualification, the examinations are taken at the end of the course.)

Core Practicals:

During the duration of the GCSE course, students will undertake 18 mandatory core practicals; these will be completed in class. Knowledge and understanding of these practical techniques and procedures will be assessed in the 6 terminal papers in May/June 2018. It is essential that students complete all 18 core practicals.

 

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Separate Science

Edexcel Separate Science is equivalent to 3 GCSEs. It is divided into 6 units like Combined Science, however, extra, more complicated topics are included within these units.

Overview of assessment for Separate Science:                        

Each unit (B1 & B2, C1 & C2 and P1 & P2) is assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute, 100 mark, tiered written examination. There is a Foundation paper: grades 1-5 or a Higher paper: grades 4-9

The 6 unit examinations are externally assessed and each is worth 50% of the total GCSE. Students will be entered for either the Foundation or Higher paper depending upon their ability. This GCSE follows a linear programme of assessment (In a linear qualification, the examinations are taken at the end of the course.)

Core Practicals:

During the duration of the Separate Science GCSE course, students will undertake 8 mandatory core practicals per subject; these will be completed in class. Knowledge and understanding of these practical techniques and procedures will be assessed in the 6 terminal papers in May/June 2018. It is essential that students complete all 24 core practicals.

About the examination:

The examinations in both Combined Science and Separate Sciences include three types of question parts:

1. Objective questions – used only where this will provide credible evidence of knowledge and skills.

2. Structured short answers – for maths, How Science Works, or theory.

3. Longer answers worth 6 marks – to help provide stretch and challenge.