GCSE Combined Science is a great subject to consider when you’re looking at your GCSE options, whether you are looking at gaining GCSEs for A-levels or to get an offer for a science based degree course, the Combined Science GCSE is the subject for you.
This course lets you study all three of the sciences, but together, so instead of having your mind boggled with three different subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), you can study them altogether. Which means if your skills in Physics aren’t as strong as your skills in Biology, you have a better chance of gaining a better grade.
What does Single Award and Double Award mean?
When deciding whether to take GCSE Combined Science, you will notice you have two different options, the single award or the double. Put simply, if you opt for the single award, once you have completed the course and sat your examinations, you will be awarded one GCSE on a grade of 9-1. However, if you opt for the double award, once you have completed the course and sat the examinations, you will be awarded two GCSE grades of 9-1. So in essence, it’s like doing an additional GCSE, but without adding another topic to your choices.
Which Awarding Bodies offer GCSE Combined Science?
Due to it’s popularity, you can sit GCSE Combined Science with AQA, Pearson Edexcel and OCR. All three of the awarding bodies offer the single award, double award and in some cases trilogy award.
All the courses are now graded numerically (9-1) rather than the old fashioned way of A-E grades, with the 9 being equivalent to an A grade and the 1 being equivalent to an E grade.
Which Combined Science Course should I choose?
This all depends on what you are looking to do with your qualification once you have it. Obviously, if you’re looking to do a heavily science based degree in the future, you would be better opting for the double award course rather than the single as it will show your abilities with the sciences better.