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GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

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OSC1324 / OSC1334

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Study Biology, Chemistry and Physics with our GCSE Combined Science 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.

  • Study Biology, Chemistry and Physics with this GCSE Combined Science course.
  • Achieve two GCSEs on completion of the final exams and practicals.
  • Gain an official GCSE Combined Science qualification awarded by AQA.
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment with distance learning.
  • Add on your exams and practicals, and we'll organise and book them 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 to your enrolment, we will book and pay for them on your behalf.

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 two years.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in Combined Science which is the equivalent of two GCSEs (you must complete the exams and practicals to achieve this qualification).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Six paper-based exams and three practical days.

Course content

Extra info

Assessment

To successfully pass your GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy you will be assessed across the three sciences and the topics covered above. There are six exam papers in total, two for each science. All papers contain a mix of multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

There are also three 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.

If you choose to add your exams and practicals to your enrolment, you will need to sit your exams at our GCSE exam centre in Birmingham.

 

Course Duration

You will have two 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 course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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 two GCSEs.

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

Three 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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