Years 10 & 11 Curriculum - Science - Combined

Syllabus: Combined Science: Trilogy                                                                                       

Exam Board: AQA                                                                                          

From September of Year 10, students will continue to study the GCSE syllabus for science. Students will be following the curriculum pathway that has been recommended to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcome at GCSE. Students who have not opted for the Separate Science course will student the combined science route (worth two GCSEs).

The combined science course continues to deliver content from all three scientific disciplines.


In year 10 students will study the same topics, including.

  • Biology topics – – Infection and Response, Bioenergetics, and homeostasis
  • Chemistry topics - Chemical Change, Energy Change and Rates of Reaction
  • Physics topics – Particle model of matter, Atomic Structure, and waves


In year 11 students will study the remaining topics, including.

  • Biology topics – – Inheritance, Variation and Evolution and Ecology
  • Chemistry topics - Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources
  • Physics topics – Forces, Magnetism and Electromagnetism


There are three main assessment points at the end of each set of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics that inform students’ progress and OTFGs throughout year 10 and year 11.

The science department use an online platform for home learning. The educake homelearning has also been organised to ensure students are revisiting previous learning. This also provide immediate feedback to students and teachers regarding student progress and gaps in learning that can be addressed.

The final examinations will also include assessment of practical Science skills, Maths skills and the subject content that has been studied.


Final examination - Combined Science (two GCSEs)

  • Total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics.
  • Each exam is worth 70 marks, lasting for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 15% of the paper will be based on practical skills.


We recommend that students purchase the Oxford revision guides as recommended by the class teacher.


 Enquiries to:

  • Mrs A Hunter – Learning Leader: Science