GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Course codes: OSC1324 / OSC1334
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Study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with this GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course. Our online GCSEs are delivered via distance learning so you can study at your own pace, in your own time whilst gaining an official AQA qualification. Add exams and practicals onto the cost of your course and we'll book them for you, on your behalf.

  • Study Biology, Chemistry and Physics with this combined science course
  • Achieve 2 GCSEs on completion of the final exams and practicals
  • Gain an official AQA GCSE Combined Science qualification
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment with distance learning
  • Enrol on a package and we'll organise your exams and practicals for you
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Course overview

GCSEs are recognised qualifications that are often a gateway to further learning. GCSEs are one of the most popular and sought after level 2 qualifications in the UK. Core subjects consist of Mathematics, English and Science, and are key requirements for many jobs and entry to further levels of study

Our GCSE in Combined Science is a trilogy including biology, chemistry and physics, and is a double award worth two GCSEs.

You will study topics such as cell biology and bioenergetics in biology, chemical changes and chemistry of the atmosphere in chemistry, and energy and atomic structure in physics.

To gain this qualification you must take exams and practical assessments, if you choose to add these onto the cost of your course we will book and pay for them on your behalf. These must be taken at our Birmingham exam centre, so please ensure you’re able to travel to this location. The dates for the practical sessions will be during the Easter holidays.

Our GCSE Combined Science 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.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in Combined Science - equivalent to 2 GCSEs (you must take the exams and practicals to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

6 paper-based exams and 3 practical days.

Course content

Extra info

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 exam papers in all; 2 for each science. All papers contain a mix of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

There are also 3 practical days. 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.

The exams and practical days are included in the advertised course price.

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

Our GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 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.

Course Outcome

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

Awarding Body

AQA provide 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.

Exam details

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

Practical assessments

3 x practical assessment days– these will run over the Easter Holidays and must be attended in the same year you are sitting your exam.

We will book these for you when you are ready.

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.

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