GCSE Combined Science

Science is all the stuff in the universe: from the tiniest subatomic particles in an atom of the metal in your computer's circuits, to the nuclear reactions that made the immense ball of gas that is our sun, to the complex chemical reactions and electrical signals within your own body that allow you to read and understand these words.

“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on”.  Jacques Yves Cousteau

Course description

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students spend nearly 20% of their school week studying Combined Science: Trilogy. This course is designed to teach fundamental ideas in Biology,  Chemistry and Physics.  The course has practical and investigative approaches and leads to two GCSE grades. There are opportunities for enrichment and extension work.

Exam board

  • AQA

Course code

  • 8464

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  • Assessment is by short test using past exam questions at the end of each topic, approximately every 4 to 5 weeks.  In addition there will be formal mock exams at the end of Year 10.  The final two grades are achieved through terminal assessment at the end of Year 11. It is 100% exam

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Encourage your child to discuss their current work with you and to follow current scientific and technological issues and stories in the media.  All assessments will require careful revision.

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