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Sarah Whitehurt and team, GCSE Combined and Applied Science

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GCSE Combined Science – Synergy

At Hopwood Hall College we believe that science has something to offer every student, and that everyone needs some level of relevant scientific understanding.

That’s why ‘Science at Hopwood’ has developed a suite of qualifications at Level 2 which facilitates the transition to BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Foundation and Extended Diploma. Students of all abilities can realise their full potential and progress to Higher Education or scientific apprenticeships.

Our Courses

You will work towards AQA, GCSE Combined Science: Synergy, whilst studying GCSE Maths and English (currently Linear, Edexcel). Theory-based lessons and practical investigations are an integral part of the study program.

The remainder of the program is dedicated to developing your skills, knowledge and building your confidence in different scientific disciplines, digital media and interpersonal skills in preparation for the level 3 science route or other level 3 study.

Course content:

The content has been divided into two main sections, which contain connections between areas of biology, physics and chemistry that sit together as part of good science:

  • Life and environmental sciences
  • Physical sciences

In addition to this you will receive 1 hour per week of learning ‘Transition to Level 3 Science’, which will encompass both theory-based sessions and practical investigations. This will help to prepare you for the transition between GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Applied Science.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus.

Opening up opportunities...

If you are not yet clear on your ultimate career pathway, then our GCSE in Combined Science - Synergy is an ideal qualification designed to develop your skills leading to a range of employment opportunities. It could be your exciting first step towards a career as a Conservationist, Horticulturist, Agriculture Manager, Pharmaceutical Technician or Laboratory Technician.

Paul Isles
As I progress onto University and pursue a career in drug research, I hope to save lives and help people. Always make sure to stay on top of your work and keep at it. It will be hard, but you can overcome any obstacles – especially if you ask your tutors for help.

Paul Isles

GCSE Combined Science – Synergy

GCSE Combined Science – Synergy

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