GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Course codes: OSC1324 / 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.

  • Achieve 2 GCSEs on completion of the final exams and practicals
  • Achieve an official AQA GCSE Combined Science
  • Study further at A Level
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
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Course overview

We will book and pay for your exams and practical sessions 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.

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

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
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Atomic structure and the 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
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
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

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.

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.

Q&As

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.

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

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Final examinations and practical assessments
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

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.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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