KS4 GCSE Combined Science (9-1)

KS4 - GCSE Combined Science (9-1)

GCSE: AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (9-1):

Specification: 8464

Science Department’s GCSE Parent’s Portal website: https://sites.google.com/view/ricardslodge-gcse/home 

Year 9s: will be starting on topics from this course from September; the introductory modules to each of the three sciences will be covered in Year 9. At this stage, students will not be required to choose Higher or Foundation tiers, or Combined or Triple Science pathways. All students have the opportunity to study content suitable for Higher tier and are taught content common to both Combined and Triple Science.

Students in Year 9 have a dedicated 2 hours per fortnight for each Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and will be learning topics concurrently. They may have different specialist teachers for each Science.

For more detailed information on Year 9 topics, please see the KS3 Science page on the Science Curriculum page.

Year 10s: have already completed some topics of the GCSE course content in Year 9, which were the introductory modules to each of the three sciences. This year, they are entered for either Triple or “Separate” Sciences (3 GCSEs) or Combined Science (2 GCSEs). 

Year 10 Combined Science students have 8 lessons of Science per fortnight across all three of the science disciplines. They may have different specialist teachers for each discipline.

AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy:

This will result in two GCSE grades and replaces the previous OCR 21st Century Science specification the Science Department delivered in recent years. For Combined Science, practical work is embedded in all the topics, and is a large part of understanding the content. All practical skills (Required Practicals) will be assessed on the final exams. The Combined Science course includes equal amounts of study of the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Combined Science 8464—available as Higher( 9-9 to 4-4) and also Foundation (5-5 to 1-1)

In the final assessment, there are six total papers, two for each of the sciences (an overall double grade is given for the GCSE).

Combined Science - Biology:

2 biology papers, each worth 16.7% of the GCSE and 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Biology Paper 1:

  • Module 1 - Cell Biology

  • Module 2 - Organisation

  • Module 3 - Infection and response

  • Module 4 - Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2

  • Module 5 - Homeostasis and response

  • Module 6 - Inheritance, variation and evolution

  • Module 7 - Ecology

Combined Science - Chemistry:

2 chemistry papers, each worth 16.7% of the GCSE and 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Chemistry Paper 1

  • Module 8 - Atomic structure and the periodic table

  • Module 9 - Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

  • Module 10 - Quantitative chemistry

  • Module 11 - Chemical changes

  • Module 12 - Energy changes

Chemistry Paper 2

  • Module 13 - The rate and extent of chemical change

  • Module 14 - Organic chemistry

  • Module 15 - Chemical analysis

  • Module 16 - Chemistry of the atmosphere

  • Module 17 - Using resources

Combined Science - Physics:

2 physics papers, each worth 16.7% of the GCSE and 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Physics Paper 1

  • Module 18 - Energy

  • Module 19 - Electricity

  • Module 20 - Particle model of matter

  • Module 21 - Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2

  • Module 22 - Forces

  • Module 23 - Waves

  • Module 24 - Magnetism and electromagnetism

A Parent’s Portal website is available, which is administered and updated by the Science team. This website contains resources for student revision, skills, and Required Practicals support.  https://sites.google.com/view/ricardslodge-gcse/home 

Final Assessment Overview

Working scientifically, experimental, analytical and evaluation skills will be assessed throughout all six papers at the end of the course in Year 11.

Post-16 Progression

GCSE Combined Science, if achieved at grade 6-6 or higher, provides progression opportunities  for learners who wish to progress to Level 3 qualifications, such as A-level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

If achieved at grade 4-4 or higher, learners may progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care course which is available at RR6.

Staff to contact for all science courses:

Mr Malik (Head of Science)