Coastal Academy Trust

GCSE Combined Science

AQA - Trilogy Combined Science


At KES we are passionate about science and the endless possibilities it presents to our students! They will have the opportunity to develop mathematical skills, problem solving, independence and will become inquisitive to the world around us. We prepare students well for their next steps and hope that they leave with a love of our wonderful subject!

We follow the AQA Combined Science specification for the majority of students and this year we have trialled offering the single Science GCSEs to a class of students. This will hopefully continue into next year too which gives the option of studying individual sciences and gaining independent grades in each subject.


Course Overview


The AQA Trilogy Combined Science course is worth 2 GCSEs, both graded up to a 9-9. Students will either sit the foundation paper and achieve up to a grade 5-5, or if possible, they will sit the higher paper and achieve a grade between a 4-4 and a 9-9. Students will study all 3 scientific components and will work through a range of working styles. Students will take part in regular practical investigations to support their theoretical study and will prepare for their next steps in science learning.

The alternative pathway is the single science GCSEs where students gain a separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, again graded up to a 9 for higher tier or a 5 for foundation tier. This course prepares students well for further study into IB, A Level or BTEC science disciplines.


  1. Cell biology

  2. Organisation

  3. Infection and response

  4. Bioenergetics

  5. Homeostasis and response

  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

  7. Ecology

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

  3. Quantitative chemistry

  4. Chemical changes

  5. Energy changes

  6. The rate and extent of chemical change

  7. Organic chemistry

  8. Chemical analysis

  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

  10. Using resources

  1. Forces

  2. Energy

  3. Waves

  4. Electricity

  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism

  6. Particle model of matter

  7. Atomic structure

  8. Space Physics (triple science only)