Combined Science Trilogy GCSE

What is the subject and why should you study it?

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Combined science trilogy qualification for Key Stage 4 suits students of all abilities and all aspirations but taught by specialist teachers in each of the three main science areas biology, chemistry & physics.

Course content:

Combined Science – Biology Combined Science – Chemistry Combined Science – Physics
Cell biology


Infection & response


Homeostasis & response

Inheritance, Variation & evolution


Atomic structure & the periodic table

Bonding, structure & properties of matter

Quantitative chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

The rate & extent of chemical change

Organic chemistry

Chemical analysis

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Using resources



Particle model of matter

Atomic structure






How is the course assessed?

100% final exams, 6 exam papers, 75 minutes each leading to 2 GCSE Grades awarded on scale from 9-9 to 1-1

Foundation (Grades 5-5 to 1-1) and Higher (Grades 9-9 to 4-4) tiers are available

Specification on exam board website: AQA | GCSE | Combined Science: Trilogy | Specification at a glance