1Course Overview

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy inc. exams and practicals

Course code: OSC1334

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Study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at your own pace, whenever and wherever suits you, with this GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy course. Final exams and practicals are included in this course offering.

Successful completion of this course and the final exams will result in achieving 2 GCSEs.

The 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

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Cell biology
  • Ecology
  • The periodic table
  • Chemical changes
  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure.

See below for a full list of course content under each science discipline.

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2Course Content

Course content

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

3Other Information

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 4 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.

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

  • 4 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.

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

This 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.

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. 

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

Yes! The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, without the need to physically attend classes. You'll receive full tutor support via email and our student support team are on hand to answer any other queries you may have.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Final examinations and practical assessments
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Ballpoint pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. 

Please note: you will need to sit these exams in the Birmingham examination centre. 

Students will also need to attend the practical elements of this course in Birmingham in the same educational year as the examinations; we will also book these practical assessments for you

Are there any additional costs?

No. All course materials and final examinations are included in the cost of the course.

 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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