GCSE Combined Science (Double Award)

About the course

This Double Award course (worth two GCSEs) is studied in Years 10 and 11, and combines knowledge and understanding of the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course begins with a foundation in these three areas, which then underpin the subject as it is developed. Students’ practical skills are developed during planned activities as well as the completion of the eighteen core practicals, which provide the stimulus material upon which students can be examined in this area. The course is supported by a fully comprehensive package, including exam preparation materials, past papers and published revision resources.

Overview of units

The broad areas covered by the course include:

  • Biology – genetics and variation, systems in humans
  • Chemistry – reaction rates, metals and their extraction from ores
  • Physics – forces and motion, domestic and electrical safety

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will be assessed by completing six exam papers, all sat in the summer of Year 11 – there are two papers each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These papers are sat in two groups of three with a two-week gap between each group.

Where you can go next

Science GCSEs provide a firm foundation for further study in any STEM subjects. This could lead to university-level study, apprenticeships and employment in a wide range of areas, including engineering, health care and scientific research.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Pearson website.

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