Why study AQA GCSE Combined Science - Trilogy?
GCSE study in combined science will provide you with the foundations for understanding
the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s
future prosperity. You will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes
and uses of science. You will develop an appreciation of how the complex and diverse
phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key
ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.
What will I study?
You will study a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics:
Paper 1: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics
Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
Paper 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
Paper 2: The rate and extent of Chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure
Paper 2: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism
What happens in lesson?
You will be taught each of the areas of science within discrete topics. Each topic will encompass a range of practical and theory based lessons to develop the skills required for assessment. There are an additional 21 required practical’s which you will carry out throughout the course which will account for 15 % of the questions during examination.
How will I be assessed?
This qualification is linear. This means that you will sit all your exams at the end of the course. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each exam is out of 70 marks and will last 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration. They are equally weighted, each accounting for 16.7 % of the GCSE.
What skills will I need?
A range of skills are required for this course which is broken down in to three assessment objectives:
AO1 (40%): Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Scientific ideas; and Scientific techniques and procedures.
AO2 (40%): Apply knowledge and understanding of: Scientific ideas; and Scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.
AO3 (20%): Analyse information and ideas to: interpret; evaluate; make judgements; draw conclusions; develop experimental procedures; and improve experimental procedures.