Combined Science Trilogy GCSE
The aims of the course
Do you want to be one of the scientists who finally cures a disease like cancer? Do you want to design, engineer or fly one of the first missions to colonise Mars? Or maybe your plan is to be the material scientist who develops a new renewable alternative to fossil fuels, or a range of smart materials that change our daily lives? This is just a small fraction of what the future holds, and it is YOUR generation that will get us there. YOU are the future!
What all these things have in common is Science, it’s everywhere, and what GCSE Combined Science provides students, is the opportunity to develop their existing knowledge and understanding of the natural world around us to an even higher level. They will extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of each Science discipline, providing a firm foundation for studying Science subjects in sixth form and beyond. As part of the process, students will study all 3 scientific disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, leading to 2 Science GCSEs being awarded in Year 11.
The course structure
Students will study a wide variety of current topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics each week from Years 9-11. These topics build upon those studied in Key Stage 3, allowing students to build confidence from based on what they already know from Year 7 & 8.
- Cell biology
- Organisation in living things
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
How the course is assessed
Combined Science GCSE is assessed by 2 exams each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the end of the course. These will cover both theoretical course content, and the compulsory practical elements that students will complete in lessons throughout the 3 year course of study.
Resources, additional information and websites
Further information is available at AQA.org.uk. Students can purchase revision guides for each of the three sciences using ParentPay. These are an excellent way to help prepare for GCSE study before you get started, or just to get a feel for what you’ll be studying in your GCSEs.
Head of Subject Presentation – James Hawe