i think i may be forced into combined sciencesWatch
i am a Y10 student who just finished mocks, and got disappointing grades back for science. so bad in fact, that i think i may be going into combined.
i attempted to ask my head of department on how to proceed, however they were dismissive of my concerns and told me ‘not to worry’. i then asked them if i’d have the option to refuse, to which they told me ‘no. it’s the teacher’s decision.’
my stress is currently through the roof and i have no idea what to do moving forward. is there any way i can refute this decision? or am i just stressing irrationally? i am willing to do WHATEVER it takes and am open to all sorts of advice to get me into higher.
Out of interest, what did you get for your grades in sciences? You don't have to share but it'd make it easier for me to give you some advice.
Personally, I have also finished my exams but have gotten an eight and two nines so I am on the list for doing triple science next year. I believe they should tell you which group you will be in before the end of term and if you are doing combined, then definitely get your parents/guardians to write in!
Or alternatively, you can request a retake and sit it again in after school times to see if you get a better grade? I'm sure your school wouldn't object especially if you say you were not feeling well during the exams or tell them about your worries! Most schools are there to help and I'm sure they will try to help (although your head of department sounds a bit uncaring though :/ )
Combined science isn't foundation tier by itself - there are higher and foundation tiers available for it so you can get the full grade range for two GCSE in it - and it's not like it's a "remedial" course or something. It's the standard, default course. Triple science is an optional extension of this, and none of the material from triple science that isn't in combined science is assumed later on in other courses, as noted above.
You're making a mountain out of a mole-hill.