Combined Science

Exam Board: AQA

Why study this subject? 

We are a science school and proud of the fact that most of our students all complete the Triple Science route, however for some pupils the combined science route is better as you will achieve a higher grade by completing the combined science, Trilogy award.  This gives you two GCSEs not the triple 3, however, the exams are shorter and you can still take every subject at A-Level and beyond. It follows a third less content of the individual sciences and you are still taught by specialist teachers in the same time as the triple scientist have. This is a more  accessible route for our students who need additional support.

What does Homework look like in this subject?

Three times a week, one for each of the sciences, a 30 minute homework will be set for pupils to complete.  Prior to testing, which occurs approximately every 3 weeks, there will exam questions and revision knowledge learning mat to complete for homework.


How will I be assessed?

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy is assessed on a 100% Written Examination with six  1 hour and 15 minute written papers worth 16.7% each at the end of Year 11.


Paper 1 Biology – Covering topics 1 – 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Paper 1 Chemistry – Covering topics 8 – 12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes

Paper 1 Physics – Covering topics 18 – 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Paper 2 Biology – Covering topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Paper 2 Chemistry – Covering topics 13 – 17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.

Paper 2 Physics – Covering topics 22 – 24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Plus the relevant required practicals within the relevant topic. 

Where can it lead?

What can this qualification lead to after Year 11?

Any science A-Level or Level 3 Applied Science

Careers in healthcare/conservation/material science/physical sciences

Engineering/ business and finance.