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Combined Science (Trilogy)

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Course: AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy


100% of of Final grade

There will be 6 exams taken at the end of Y11;

  • 2 Biology
  • 2 Chemistry
  • 2 Physics papers.
There are two tiers of entry, of which students will be entered for either foundation or higher.

Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes, is worth 16.7% of the final grade and is out of 70 marks.

Department Statement

AQA Trilogy is the basic all-round science course suitable for all abilities and learning styles. It covers all the core concepts needed for an understanding of science in the real world and is the course choice for those who want to keep their options open. Students completing Core and Additional Science will gain 2 GCSE qualifications. In addition to the content below students will complete 16 required practical investigations from Biology, Chemistry and Physics of which, understanding of the method and results will be tested in the 6 examinations

In Biology students will study the following topics:

  • Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

In Chemistry students will study:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes; the rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

In Physics Students will study:

  • Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves, Magnetism and electricity

There will be multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response style questions. There is a weighting of 10% 20% and 30% mathematics questions in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics content respectively.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Students completing Combined Science: Trilogy will be able to move into many careers in a scientific background as this are a complete course covering all three relevant science disciplines. Completion of the two Combined Science: Trilogy will enable you to progress to A-Levels in any science discipline.

However, if you are certain that a scientific career, especially medicine, dentistry, astrophysics, or veterinary science, then you may want to consider taking Triple Science as an optional subject..

For more information contact Mr B Gilder (Assistant Principal)