Combined Science GCSE

KS4 - At the end of year 8 students opt to do Combined Science or to use one of their option choices to take Triple Science. Both through the AQA exam board.

Combined Science – Students are taught by subject specialists in biology, chemistry and physics in preparation for two examinations of 1hour 15 minutes in each discipline. There is no coursework, instead students carry out set experiments throughout the three years which are then assessed in the final examinations. This is worth two GCSEs

We start teaching in year 9 and usually run through the topics in the order they appear below with exception of Chemistry where some of the calculation and bonding is covered later when students are ready for these more challenging topics.


1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology


8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources


18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism



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