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Type of Qualification

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

AQA | Science | GCSE | Combined Science: Trilogy


Course Content

This GCSE science course follows a mixed programme of biology, chemistry and physics, and leads to two qualifications in combined science.

Our focus is very much on developing students’ enquiry skills and their understanding of ‘the scientific method’. Lessons involve a mix of practical work and theoretical study.

We help students to deepen their scientific knowledge and their understanding of scientific ideas across the three separate science disciplines.

Topics covered include:


Cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homoeostasis, inheritance, evolution and ecology.


Atomic structure, the periodic table, structure and bonding, chemical changes, quantitative chemistry, energy changes, rates of reaction, organic chemistry, chemical analysis and environmental chemistry.


Energy, electricity, particle model of matter, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism.


How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through six equally weighted exam papers. Practical work completed during the course will be assessed in these exam papers.

• Biology Paper 1 (16.7% of the GCSE)   1 hour 15 minutes

• Biology Paper 2 (16.7% of the GCSE)   1 hour 15 minutes

• Chemistry Paper 1 (16.7% of the GCSE) 1 hour 15 minutes

• Chemistry Paper 2 (16.7% of the GCSE) 1 hour 15 minutes

• Physics Paper 1 (16.7% of the GCSE)  1 hour 15 minutes

• Physics Paper 2 (16.7% of the GCSE)  1 hour 15 minutes


Where will this course take me?

Students can go on to study A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science.

Possible career options include

• Doctor • Surgeon • Vet • Dentist • Nurse • Physiotherapist • Marine Biologist • Sports Scientist • Forensic Scientist • Engineer • Armed Forces • Pharmacists • Chemist • Nutritionist



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