Core Subject

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 8464

Why Take This Course?

Science is a core subject; consequently all students will study Science in one form or another.  All students, who do not opt for Triple Award Science (separate sciences) will study Combined Science, gaining two GCSEs as a consequence.

Aim Of The Course

Combined Science
In Year 10 students follow a core programme which allows them to identify the activities and experiences students will find in everyday life and link these to scientific ideas and their implications for society.  In Year 11 the students build upon their experiences from Year 10.  This course will be taken by the majority of students.

Course Structure And Content

Combined Science

Students will be taught a variety of Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules in accordance with the AQA specification.  This will be taught by specialist teachers.


All examinations will be at the end of Year 11.
Six papers, all with 70 marks:

  • Two Biology
  • Two Chemistry
  • Two Physics

Entry Requirements

Courses will be selected by the Science department that best suit the ability of the child.  Students wanting to follow the Triple GCSE in Science (selected as an option) must be achieving at least a Level 6 National Curriculum level by the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9).  There are limited spaces for Triple GCSE in Science.