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Combined Science Trilogy

Our Curriculum Aims:  

In Years 9,10 & 11 students study topics from the AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy course which is examined at the end of Year 11.  AGSB Science Students will gain lifelong skills, including:

  • A strong science comprehension and confidence in a technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • An understanding of how scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of groups and individuals working together
  • An understanding that the study and practice of science are affected and limited by social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural factors
  • An awareness that the application of science in everyday life may be both helpful and harmful to the individual, the community and the environment and to make informed decisions on scientific issues as a consequence
  • Knowledge that science overcomes national boundaries and that the language of science, used correctly and thoroughly, is universal
  • An understanding of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in other subjects and in everyday life
  • A concern for accuracy and precision
  • An understanding of the importance of safe practice and excellent scientific practical skills
  • Improved awareness of the importance of objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • An interest in, and care for, the environment
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study in pure or applied science at A level and beyond or in science-dependent vocational courses.

GCSE Course Followed: Combined Science Trilogy

Specification: AQA (Syllabus code 8464)

Why Choose GCSE
Students will continue to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately. They will be awarded two linked grades, e.g. 7-7, 7-8, 8-8 etc to reflect that their achievement is worth 2 full GCSEs.  Students will study all 3 sciences in 10 periods per fortnight.

Which option to choose?
Students who are intending to study sciences at A level may prefer to choose the separate Science option as they will have studied more science and in greater depth.  However, studying the Combined Science Trilogy does not prevent the student studying science at A level. The combined science syllabus covers exactly two thirds of the content of the separate science syllabus and is examined to exactly the same standard of difficulty. Studying Combined Science will benefit students who would like to study a broader range of subjects at GCSE and are unsure of their study choices post 16. The work required during A level studies, by year 12 students, to cover the content not studied by combined science students has not proven prohibitive in previous years.

Summary of Subject Content (All students cover all of this content)

Biology (AQA Exam board)

All students will study:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry (AQA Exam board)

  • Atomic Structure and 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

GCSE ­ (AQA Exam board)

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Students will be taught practical skills that may feature as questions on the final exam papers in each of the three sciences.

Key Stage Four Curriculum Overview
Year 9

 

 

 

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

 

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Throughout the GCSE course there will be a series of class based end of topic tests to assess pupil understanding and progress – roughly one test per subject per half term.

HT 1

 

Photosynthesis and Respiration

Fundamentals
Acids

 

Electricity
circuit electricity

 

HT 2

 

Animal and Plant Cells
Microscopy
Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes
Cell specialisation
Cell differentiation

More Acids
Develop formulae work

series and parallel circuits

 

HT 3

 

Diffusion
Osmosis
Active Transport

Start Gcse Content
Unit 1
GCSE Fundamentals

Energy transfers

 

HT 4

 

Principles of
organisation

Periodic Table trends

domestic electricity

 

HT 5

 

Plant tissues

Plant Organ Systems

Periodic table
Atmosphere

 Electric fields and static electricity

Trial Exam

HT 6

 

Adaptation s
Communities

Atmosphere

Heat transfer; conduction, convection and radiation.

 

Year 10

 

 

 

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

 

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Throughout the GCSE course there will be a series of class based end of topic tests to assess pupil understanding and progress – roughly one test per subject per half term.

HT 1

 

Abiotic factors
Biotic factors
Levels of organisation
Animal tissues, organs and organ systems

Ionic bonding
Electrolysis
Covalent Bonding

 Energy

work done and energy transfer

Forces and elasticity

KE, PE and energy changes in a system

 

HT 2

 

The heart and blood vessels
Blood
Coronary Heart disease
Health issues
Effect of lifestyle
Cancer

Covalent Bonding
Metals

Particle model of matter

changes of state and particle model (kinematic model)

specific and latent heat

energy changes in a system

Work, energy, power and efficiency

National grid

 

HT 3

 

Communicable diseases
Viral diseases
Bacterial diseases
Fungal diseases
Protist diseases
Resistant bacteria
Classification of living organisms
How materials are cycled

Metals
Energy Changes in Reactions
Water
Life Cycle
Assessments

Forces and Motion

forces and their interactions

Forces and motion (graphs and equations of motion)
Radioactive contamination

Year 10 Mock Exam in March / April prior to half term. One exam per science covering all GCSE content studied to date (i.e. year 9 and 10 content)

HT 4

 

Culturing microorganisms
Human defence systems
Vaccination
Antibiotics and painkillers
Discovery and development of drugs

Energy Changes

Y10 exam prep

momentum

Factors affecting barking distance / road safety

 

HT 5

 

Bioenergetics

Photosynthesis

Rate of photosynthesis

USes of glucose

Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Response to exercise

Metabolism

Carbon Chemistry

Waves

 

Wave types and properties

 

Electromagnetic spectrum – properties, uses and hazards

 

HT 6

 

Cell Division

Nervous system

Human endocrine system

Control of blood glucose

Carbon Chemistry

Wave calculations

 

 

 

Year 11
 

 

 

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

 

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

 

HT 1

 

Hormones in Human reproduction 
Contraception 
Use of hormones to treat infertility 
Negative feedback

 

Chemical Calculations

Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Throughout the GCSE course there will be a series of class based end of topic tests to assess pupil understanding and progress – roughly one test per subject per half term.

 

HT 2

 

Sexual and asexual reproduction
Meiosis
DNA and the Genome
Genetic inheritance
Inherited disorders

Chemical calculations

Motors and generators

 

Year 11 Mock exam in last 2 weeks before Christmas. One exam per science covering all material from GCSE course to date (year 9, 10 and 11 content)

HT 3

 

Sex determination 
Variation
Evolution
Selective breeding
Genetic engineering

Chemical calculations
Y11 mock

Atomic structure / nuclear physics

Isotopes ad decay equations

 

HT 4

 

Evidence for evolution Fossils
Extinction
Resistant bacteria
Classification of living organisms
How materials are cycled

Acids
Rate of reaction
Equilibrium
Water
Life Cycle Assessments

Half life
Radioactive contamination

 

HT 5

 

Biodiversity
Waste management
Land use
Deforestation
Global Warming
Maintaining Biodiversity

Finish off
Revision

Revision, exam technique and analysis of 12 key practicals

 

HT 6

NA

Revision and Exam technique practice

 

 

GCSE exams

Recommended Revision Guides for GCSE
Pupils have access to the online textbook through Kerboodle. There are revision materials available on Office 365. Revision guides are available from bookstores such as W.H.Smith and Waterstones. As long as it is AQA combined science GCSE specific and it is in a style that appeals to your son, then it will be suitable. Particularly recommended is the Oxford University Press Revise: AQA GCSE Combined science Revision and Practice

Support available for GCSE Students
Drop in sessions are available if students need to seek advice or support.  Students should ask their teachers about these sessions