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Students choosing Double Science in their Year 9 Options will study for a “combined” science GCSE that contains equal amounts of biology, chemistry and physics. At Fallibroome, the exact course followed is from the AQA exam board: AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464).
The course will take two years to complete and will result in a qualification that carries the weight of two GCSEs. Students will receive a pair of (equal or consecutive) grades of the form 9–9, 9–8, 8–8, 8–7,…,2–2, 2–1, 1–1 (a 17-point scale!).
The course is examined through a total of six 75-minute exams in the summer of Year 11. There is no other assessment.
Biology Paper 1: Tuesday 15th May 2018 (pm) (1h15m)
Chemistry Paper 1: Thursday 17th May 2018 (am) (1h15m)
Physics Paper 1: Wednesday 23rd May 2018 (pm) (1h15m)
Biology Paper 2: Monday 11th June 2018 (am) (1h15m)
Chemistry Paper 2: Wednesday 13th June 2018 (am) (1h15m)
Physics Paper 2: Friday 15th June 2018 (am) (1h15m)
Statement of Entry
The school enters students for their exams with the exam board and then students are given (in February) a Statement of Entry to check that no mistakes have been made. Please note that this final check is the students’ responsibility and that Fallibroome cannot be held accountable for any errors that are not picked up at this final stage.
A correct Statement of Entry for GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy looks like this:
AQA GCSE in Combined Science: Trilogy 8464F (for students taking the Foundation Tier exams)
AQA GCSE in Combined Science: Trilogy 8464H (for students taking the Higher Tier exams)
Students have three Science teachers, one each for the biology, chemistry and physics thirds of the course, and they have 10 lessons of Science per fortnight on their timetables.
Homework will be set on a regular basis by the teachers.
It is important to note, however, that in addition to whatever homework is set explicitly by the teachers, all students need to develop the habit of reviewing their week’s study using a revision guide/workbook and/or the electronic textbook available via Kerboodle (see below). They should then see their teachers (outside of class is fine) to tackle any areas of misunderstanding.
All students are issued with a username and password for Kerboodle, which provides a complete electronic copy of the course textbook used in class, together with worksheets, videos and animations. Fallibroome’s “institution code” (required to log in) is nrs0.
Students may wish to obtain paper copies of textbooks in addition to the Kerboodle digital version. This is not required and is entirely optional. Suitable course textbooks are any of the following:
Biology use CGP books in class
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Chemistry and Physics use Hodder books in class
Book 1, Book 2
These are the textbooks made available to the students in digital format via Kerboodle
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Revision Guides and Workbooks
Revision guides and workbooks are also entirely optional, but some students find them useful. During the first term of Year 10, we process orders for the books below, as the school can purchase them at a discounted price compared to the retail price in shops. However, there are many others available (e.g. from WHSmith, Waterstones, Amazon) and there is very little difference between them.
REVISE AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Higher Revision Guide
REVISE AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Higher Revision Workbook
REVISE AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Foundation Revision Guide
REVISE AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Foundation Revision Workbook
Past Examination Papers
Completing and then reviewing past exam paper questions is the best preparation for the students’ own exams.
Provided to students in the exams: Chemistry periodic table and Physics equation sheet.
This paper covers Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics. These sections are described on pages 19 to 40 of the specification.
Specimen 2015 | Paper | Mark scheme
This paper covers Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology. These sections are described on pages 41 to 62 of the specification.
This paper covers Chemistry topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes. These sections are described on pages 65 to 93 of the specification.
This paper covers Chemistry topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources. These sections are described on pages 94 to 113 of the specification.
This paper covers Physics topics 1–4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure. These sections are described on pages 116 to 137 of the specification.
This paper covers Physics topics 5–7: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism. These sections are described on pages 138 to 155 of the specification.
Required Practical Videos for Biology component of Combined Science
Students need to undertake the required practical activities listed in the GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy,8464) so that they have the opportunity to experience all of the apparatus and techniques required by Ofqual.
We realise that sometimes students may miss these important lessons or need to familiarise themselves with the practical ready for the exams. So, the Biology department has produced a series of videos that cover most of the practical activities for the Biology section of work. These are designed to help support students in preparing for their GCSE Combined Science examination.
Students can view them at any time. We hope you find them useful.
YouTube “Required Practical Videos for Biology component of Combined Science” Playlist