What is Combined Science

Double Award Science (also known as ‘Combined Science’ or ‘Trilogy’) is where students study all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Students will study combined Science through the “Trilogy route”. Units will be split into Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

It is a broad and detailed course of study that develops student’s knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds, as well as the skills required to investigate concepts through practical application.

The course is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

Knowledge – to have an understanding of the key concepts within

BIOLOGY:

1. Cell biology

2. Organization

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

PHYSICS:

1. Forces

2. Energy

3. Waves

4. Electricity

5. Magnetism & Electromagnetism

6. Particle model of matter

7. Atomic structure

CHEMISTRY:

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. Chemistry of the atmosphere

8. Using Earth’s resources

Skills acquired:

  • understanding of the effects of Science on society
  • knowledge of the material, physical and living worlds
  • how to use hypothesis and evidence to understand Science
  • observational, enquiry and problem-solving skills
  • skills in communication, mathematics and technology
This is a linear course and all at school mock examinations will be sat at the end of Year 12. There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. 

Each paper will be 1 hour and 15 minutes and has equal weighting. 

There are also 16 required practical experiments that students will complete through-out the course. 

Aspects of required practical work, including correct use of equipment and analysis of outcome are also assessed in the exams.

Useful resources and websites for this course: 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/specification-at-a-glance

Kerboodle.com; Senecalearning.com; Planet-science.com

Potential Career Options

The combined Sciences course can lead on to study at A-Level, access to vocational and apprenticeship courses, and lead into a wide range of employment opportunities & higher education. Careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Mid-Wifery, Child Care, Sports Science, Meteorology, Architecture, Chemical Engineering and Horticulture are al accessible through successful completion of this course.

Physics is one of the three main fields of science, along with biology and chemistry. 

If asked what biology and chemistry deal with, most of us can come up with a one-word answer: life and chemicals respectively. Physics though, often seems like a grab bag of topics, including motion, magnets, machines, light, sound, and electrical circuits. 

The common thread running through all these things is that they each illustrate some basic mathematical laws in our physical world. In brief, physics is the scientific study of matter, energy, and their most fundamental physical interactions, including attractions, repulsions, and collisions. 

In Physics B/C, you will use your physical understanding of motion, forces and energy and apply that knowledge to some important, specialized topics in physics: the behavior of waves, applications of wave theory to light and optics, the interaction of electrical and magnetic forces, and the special “non-Newtonian” properties of energy and matter described by quantum theory.

Course Overview 

This biology course is designed to strengthen your knowledge of basic biology

The course covers 3 Units.

The first unit provides an introduction to biology and biochemistry. It focuses on the roles of and differences between plant and animal cells. 

In our second unit, you’ll learn about the functions of different organ systems. 

The third unit covers cell division and the role of DNA and chromosomes in passing traits from parents to offspring. 

Introduction

What do you think of when you hear the word "geography"? Some people could think it refers to the location of different countries in the world. Others might think of different mountains or rivers that they have heard of throughout their lives.

The subjects listed above are only a small fraction of the material that geography includes. Geography covers a wide range of focuses and topics. People who have a strong knowledge of geography will be able to analyze the cultures, economic patterns, and climates in a region. For instance, understanding geography would not only help a person locate a mountain range on a map, but it could also show what effect that mountain range has on local industry and culture. 

Geography is crucial to comprehending your surroundings and the world at large. This lesson will provide you with key points about geography. These points will allow you to identify, understand, and explain the principles of geography.