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AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy


Biology Chemistry Physics
4.1 Cell structure

- Eukaryotes and prokaryotes

- Animal and plant

- Cell specialisation

- Microscopy

- Culturing micro-organisms (triple only)

- Cell Division

- Cancer and the cell cycle

- Stem cells

- Diffusion

- Osmosis

– Active transport

5.1 Atomic Structure and Periodic Table

- Atoms, elements and compounds

- Mixtures

- The development of the model of the atom

- Size and mass of atoms

- Relative atomic mass

- Electronic structure

- The periodic table

- Development of the periodic table

- Metals and non-metals

- Group 0, 1 & 7

- Transition Metal

6.1 Energy

- Energy stores and systems

- Changes in energy

- Energy changes in systems

- Power

- Energy transfers in a system

- Energy efficiency

- Energy Resources

- Global energy supplies

- Energy transfer

4.2 Photosynthesis

- Exploring photosynthesis

- Investigating rate of photosynthesis and light intensity

- Food production

- Leaves and stomata

- Transpiration and translocation

- surface area to volume ratio

5.2 Structure, Bonding and the Properties of Matter

- Chemical bonds

- Ionic bonding and compounds

- Metallic and covalent bonds

- States of matter

- Properties of ionic and small molecules

- Polymer structures

- Giant covalent structures

- Metals and alloys

- Diamond and Graphite

- Graphene and Fullerenes

6.2 Electricity

- Electric Current

- Series and parallel circuit

- Investigating circuits and circuit components

- Circuit diagrams

- Resistance

- Control circuits

- Electricity in the home

- Transmitting electricity

- Power and energy transfers

- Potential difference





4.3 Moving and Changing Materials

- Transport systems

- Enzymes

- Digestive system

- Food tests

- Plants and minerals

- Circulatory system

- Gas exchange

- Heart disease



5.3 Chemical Quantities and Calculations

- Relative formula mass

- Gases in reaction and mass change

- Chemical measurements

- Moles

- Amounts of substances and equations

- Balanced equations

- Concentration of solution

6.3 Particle Model of Matter

- Investigating Density

- Change of state

- Internal energy

- Specific heat capacity

- Latent heat

- Particle motion in gases



4.4 Health and Disease

- Non communicable diseases

- Pathogens and disease

- Protecting the body

- Antibiotics and pain killers

- Immunity

- Making new drugs






5.4 Chemical Changes

- Metal oxides

- Reactivity series

- Extraction of metals

- Oxidation and reduction

- Metals and acids

- PH and neutralisation

- Soluble salts

- Electrolysis


6.4 Atomic Structure

- Atomic structure

- Radioactive decay

- Radiation and its hazards

- Nuclear equations

- Radioactive half life

- Irradiation






4.5 Coordination and Control

- Homeostasis

- Nervous system

- Reflex action

- Investigating reaction time

- Endocrine system

- Diabetes

- Negative feedback

- Human reproduction


- Contraception



5.5 Energy Changes

- Endothermic and exothermic reactions

- Investigating variables that affect temperature change

- Reaction profiles

- Energy change of reactions

6.5 Forces Part 1

- Forces


- Acceleration

- Velocity-time graph

- Calculations of motion

- Mass and weight

- Forces and motion

- Resultant force

 4.6 Genetics – Part 1

- DNA and genes

- Human genome

- Tracing human migration

- Asexual and sexual Reproduction

 5.6 The Rate of Chemical Change – Part 1

- Measuring rates

- Limiting reactions and molar masses

- Calculating rates

- Factors affecting rates

 6.5 Forces Part 2

- Forces and acceleration

- Investigating acceleration

- Newton’s third law

- Momentum

- Safety on the road

- Forces and energy in springs

There will be an element of synoptic assessment in some of the written papers. This will involve making and using connections within and between different areas of each science e.g. applying knowledge and understanding of more than one area to a particular situation or context.

Coursework is no longer part of the assessment but there is a set of Required Practicals for each Science that has to be covered during lesson time over the two years and may be covered in the written exam.


Useful Websites:

Separate Sciences

Biology - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Combined Science (Trilogy)



KS4 Revision Guides

The Science department is happy to offer students the opportunity to purchase a KS4 all-in-one revision guide and exam practice book to help support them when they are revising for the end of topic and termly tests that we carry out in Science.

Students will be guided to buy a specific book, or books, according to the GCSE course they are studying:

  • Separate/Triple Science students will need one book per Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics at a cost of £4 each = £12 total.
  • Double/Combined Science students will need one book that includes all three sciences at a cost of £8. This book comes in two tiers, either higher or foundation.

We are able to offer it at cost price whereas it costs far more in the shops or online.

They are not compulsory and will not be used in lessons or for homework but we wanted to offer them to students as parents have often mentioned that they wanted to be able to support their children when they are revising at home.

The book is split up into the different topics with sections to revise, questions to check their knowledge and understanding and then a big multi-topic exam (with mark scheme) at the end.

To purchase the revision guide, students need to take their money to the finance office during their break or lunch and they will be given a receipt. They then bring the receipt to the Science workroom and they will be given their book(s) with a name sticker on, to help identify the book as their own.

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