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Study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at your own pace, whenever and wherever suits you, with this GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course. Successful completion of this course and the final exams will result in achieving 2 GCSEs.

Course Overview

The GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy qualification is a great stepping stone to further study at A-Level, and also ideal for anyone aspiring to a career involving science such as research and development, nursing or pharmacy.

 

 

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Cell biology
  • Ecology
  • The periodic table
  • Chemical changes
  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure.

See below for a full list of course content under each science discipline.

COURSE CONTENT

BIOLOGY

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

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

PHYSICS

  • Energy
  • 1Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology
  • The periodic table
  • Chemical changes
  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure.

See below for a full list of course content under each science discipline.

ASSESSMENT

To successfully pass your GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy you will be assessed across the 3 sciences and the topics covered above. There are 6 written exam papers in all; 2 for each science. All papers contain a mix of multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. You must also undergo 21 practical assessments

Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical assessments. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification.

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.

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

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

CHEMISTRY PAPER 2

WHAT’S ASSESSED

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry 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

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

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

You are responsible for booking and paying for these final exams.

Although you are assessed formally by exams, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.

COURSE DURATION

You will have 2 years from the date you receive your materials to complete the GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

STUDY METHOD

This is a distance learning course; to be studied wherever and whenever works best for you. Choose to receive your course materials online or by post – whatever best meets your needs and method of study. You’ll receive full tutor support by email for the duration of the course. Please note you will need to attend an examination centre to sit the exams and practical assessments.

COURSE OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of this distance learning course and exams, you will receive a GCSE in Combined Science: trilogy from awarding body AQA. This is equivalent to 2 GCSEs.

AQA provides academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges; working with around 25,000 teachers, lecturers, subject experts and academics, who help design AQA qualifications and set and mark AQA exams.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Yes! Our GCSE course is accredited by awarding body AQA.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre. The highest grade you can achieve with this course is Grade 5.

For students wishing to achieve grade 6-9, please choose our GCSE Biology – Higher Tier course.

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but the British Council Approved Centres, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

Course Curriculum

Expand All Collapse All 3 Lectures 12 months
Subject 1
Biology 4 months
Subject 2
Chemistry 4 months
Subject 3
Physics 4 months

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