Science


Why AQA for GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy?

We believe that science has something to offer every student and AQA provides the best specification and support resources to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations.

The course is made up of 6 exams; 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics. Questions are based on content and required practicals the students are expected to have covered.

AQA ensure that:

  • The Biology, Chemistry and Physics content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order.
  • The subject content and required practicals are also in our Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs so you have the flexibility to co-teach or to move your students between courses.
  • All science qualifications provide opportunities for progression.
  • Combined Science: Trilogy gives students the option to progress to A-levels in science or other subjects.

Required practicals have been trialled by teachers previously and there’s no better way to learn about science than through purposeful practical activities as part of day to day teaching and learning.

The 21 required practicals:

  • are clearly laid out in the specification, so you know exactly what’s required.
  • are deliberately open, so they can be taught in the way that suits the students.

Students are also issued with required practical booklets for each biology, chemistry and physics. These include the practical method, results and application questions.

AQA have ensured their exams:

  • use more straightforward language and fewer words so they’re easier to understand.
  • have fewer contexts so students don’t get confused.
  • have questions that increase in difficulty, so students feel confident.
  • have been written with our GCSE Mathematics and A-level science teams, so students have consistency between content and questions.

Subject Content

KeyStage 3 Curriculum Map

  • Biology
    • Cell biology
    • Organisation
    • Infection and response
    • Bioenergetics
    • Homeostasis and response
    • Inheritance, variation and evolution
    • Ecology
    • Key ideas
  • Chemistry
    • 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
    • Key ideas
  • Physics
    • Energy
    • Electricity
    • Particle model of matter
    • Atomic structure
    • Forces
    • Waves
    • Magnetism and electromagnetism
    • Key ideas

How and What is Assessed

  • Biology Paper 1

    What's Assessed

    Biology Topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; and Bioenergetics.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.

  • Biology Paper 2

    What's Assessed

    Biology Topics 5-7: Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance, Variation and Evolution; and Ecology.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.

  • Chemistry Paper 1

    What's Assessed

    Chemistry Topics 8-12: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical Changes; and Energy changes.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.

  • Chemistry Paper 1

    What's Assessed

    Chemistry Topics 13-17: The Rate and Extent of Chemical change; Organic Chemistry; Chemical Analysis of the Atmosphere; and using resources.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.

  • Physics Paper 1

    What's Assessed

    Physics Topics 18-21: Energy; Electricity; Particle Model of Matter; and Atomic Structure.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.

  • Physics Paper 2

    What's Assessed

    Physics Topics 22-24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and Electromagnetism.

    How It's Assessed

    • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Foundation and Higher Tier
    • 70 Marks
    • 16.7% of GCSE

    Questions

    Multiple Choice, Structured, Closed Short Answer and Open Response.