Combined Science

 Equivalency Testing for Career Development is the examination board and awarding body

Course details
This course is designed to be completed over a duration of up to 16 weeks and comprises 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time of about 4 hours per week is required.

An outline of topics covered in the Equivalency Testing syllabus   is provided below.

Course materials
An assignment booklet and revision guide is provided to each student who chooses to complete the course.

Course tutor
All coursework is marked by a specialist tutor who will give constructive feedback where necessary. Contact with tutors is by email only.

 

Examination details
A Higher Level Combined Science examination is 2 hours in duration. The approximate number of marks for this paper is 132.

Examination materials
Pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, pens, working calculator

Examination grading
Students need to achieve Grade 4 to pass, but some universities stipulate that a Grade 5 pass is necessary:

Grade 1 (25% to 34%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass (65% to 74%)
Grade 6 pass (75% to 84%)
Grade 7 pass (85% to 100%)

 

Topics covered in this unit:

Biology

  1. Keeping healthy
  2. Nerves and hormones
  3. Control in plants
  4. The use and abuse of drugs
  5. Interdependence and adaptation
  6. Environmental change
  7. Energy in biomass
  8. Waste materials from plants and animals
  9. Genetic variation and its control
  10. Reproduction
  11. Evolution

Chemistry

  1. The fundamental ideas in chemistry
  2. Limestone and building materials
  3. Metals and their uses
  4. Alloys
  5. Crude oil and fuels
  6. Hydrocarbon fuels
  7. Obtaining useful substances from crude oil
  8. Polymers and Ethanol
  9. Plant oils and their uses
  10. Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

Physics

  1. Energy transfer
  2. Energy and efficiency
  3. Usefulness of electrical appliances
  4. Methods of generating electricity
  5. Waves and communications
  6. Electromagnetic radiation
  7. Providing evidence that Universe is expanding

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

When can I take the exam?

New dates and times for all exams are updated regularly, check back to see new dates and times and venues.

Coursework only

Choose this option to study any of our topics.
This course will be followed by an examination.

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Examination only

Choose this option if you have already completed the course. You can choose this option if you want to sit an examination.

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FAQ's

Yes!

Please bring to the exam a passport or driving licence otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.

We can accept students who are under 18 years old on any course.

You can sit the examination more than once, but if you fail, full feedback is sent to you, and this should be studied before sitting another examination. Every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.

Results will be available 14 working days (Monday-Friday) from the day after you sit your exam. They are posted to students by 1st Class Royal Mail. 

Do not call the office as results are not available by telephone.

You can sit an examination at one of our designated places or an examination paper could be sent to the school you are currently working in. This is only with the agreement of the Head or Deputy Head Teacher or equivalent.

Contact us to arrange this

An exam only has a £30 deposit, and the rest is payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable.

All courses must be paid in full. No monthly terms or part payments.

Yes! All examinations are paper based and are of 2 hour duration. Higher Maths is 2.5 hours.

As with all examination boards we take into account for people that may need more time to complete an examination.