Course Overview

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 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.

Examination dates:

Biology Paper 1: to be announced (1hr 15mins)
Biology Paper 2: to be announced (1hr 15mins)

Chemistry Paper 1: to be announced (1hr 15mins)
Chemistry Paper 2: to be announced (1hr 15mins)

Physics Paper 1: to be announced (1hr 15mins)
Physics Paper 2: to be announced (1hr 15mins)


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)


Course Plan

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.


Home Learning

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 Useful Links, below). They should then see their teachers (outside of class is fine) to tackle any areas of misunderstanding.


Past Examination Papers

For use in exams: Chemistry periodic table and Physics equation sheet.


Useful Links

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.