Combined Science - Options 2024

Course Specification: AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 

Course contact: Mr P Hoskins         

Course Description: The Combined Science GCSE Course is equivalent to two GCSEs. The course includes a wide range of science topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Combined Science course requires students to:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific techniques and procedures.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.
  • AO3: Analyse information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgments and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures.


 What will I learn? In science you will develop your scientific skills and knowledge and learn about the importance of science in society. In the Combined Science Trilogy GCSE you will study the following topic areas:




Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection & Response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis, Inheritance and Ecology

Atomic Structure, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical & Energy Changes, Rates of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Energy, Electricity, Radiation, Waves, Forces, Magnetism and Particle Model

The course will be taught by performing experiments, analysis of experimental data, applying your knowledge to unknown situations, evaluating information and giving your opinion on scientific areas. 

How will I be assessed?

There are 6 terminal exams at the end of year 11, 2 exams in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course also consists of 21 required practical activities that are to be completed over the two-year course of study; some of which will also be assessed through questions in the exams.

Exam questions include multiple choice questions, short answer, open response longer answer questions, data analysis and application questions.

Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, carrying 70 marks per paper.

2 GCSE’s 1-1 to 9-9

6 terminal exam papers (2 x Biology / 2 x Chemistry / 2 x Physics) – each 1 hour 15 minutes

H-tier – 4,4  to 9,9

F-tier – 1,1 to 5,5

Pupils sit either all Foundation or all Higher papers

21 required practicals across the GCSE course

Mathematical content - 10%

Mathematical content - 20%

Mathematical content - 30%


Future Opportunities and Careers


A good understanding of science is seen favourably by all employers and Higher Education providers.

2 high Combined Science GCSE grades (6-6 or better) will provide access to Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels. c

2 Combined Science GCSE grades (5-4 or better) will provide access to the Level 3 BTEC course in Applied Science.

GCSE Sciences are also essential for a range of different careers at all levels such as all medical careers, engineering, pharmacy and chemical analysis

Further Information 

GCSE science has a Foundation tier (Grade 1-1 to 5-5) and a Higher tier (Grade 4-4 to 9-9). Students must sit all 6 papers at the same tier.