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AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy


Autumn Term

Biology Chemistry Physics

5.4 - Control and coordination

- Use of plant hormones

6.1 – Variation and Evolution

- Genetic inheritance

- Sex determination

- Selective breeding

- Classification

7.1 Ecology

- Communities

- Abiotic and biotic factors

- Adaptation

- Organisation

- Cycled materials

- Decomposition

- Impact on environment

- Global warming

- Maintaining biodiversity

- Trophic levels

6.1 – Rate of Chemical Reactions

- Energy change and reversible reactions

- Equilibrium

- Effects of changing concentration

- Effects of temperature and pressure on equilibrium

7.1- Hydrocarbons

- Fractional distillation and petrol chemicals

- Cracking of alkenes

- Alcohols & Carboxylic Acids

- Addition polymerisation & condensation

- Amino acids

- DNA & other natural polymers

8.1 – Chemical Analysis

- Chromatography

- Flame tests

- Flame emission spectroscopy

9.1 – The Atmosphere

- Global climate change

- Carbon footprint & atmospheric pollutants

5.1 - Forces

- Moments

- Pressure in fluid & atmospheric pressure

- Motion along a line

- Distance and displacement

- Speed & Velocity

- The distance-time relationship

- Newton's Laws of Motion

- Stopping & reaction time

6.1 - Waves

- Properties & reflection of waves

- Lenses

- Visible light

- Infrared Radiation

7.1 - Electromagnetism

- Poles & magnetic fields of a magnet

- Electromagnetic spectrum

- Electric motors

- Loud speakers

Spring Term

Biology Chemistry Physics

7.1 - Ecology

- Pyramids and transfer of biomass

- Factors affecting food security; Farming techniques

- Sustainable fisheries

- Biotechnology





7.1 - Ecology

- Pyramids and transfer of biomass

- Factors affecting food security; Farming techniques

- Sustainable fisheries

- Biotechnology





7.1 - Electromagnetism

- Induced potential

- Generator effect

- Microphones

- Transformers

8.1 - Space

- Solar system

- Cycle of star

- Artificial satellites

- Red-Shift





Summer Term











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 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 links:

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.

Year 11 Schedule Science COMBINED 2017 2018
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