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).

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. 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.

Examination dates:

Biology Paper 1: Tuesday 12th May 2020 (pm) (1h15m)
Chemistry Paper 1: Thursday 14th May 2020 (am) (1h15m)
Physics Paper 1: Wednesday 20th May 2020 (pm) (1h15m)

Biology Paper 2: Monday 1st June 2020 (pm) (1h15m)
Chemistry Paper 2: Wednesday 10th June 2020 (am) (1h15m)
Physics Paper 2: Friday 12th June 2020 (am) (1h15m)

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)


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 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.

CGP GCSE Combined Science for AQA Higher Revision Guide
CGP GCSE Combined Science for AQA Higher Revision Workbook


CGP GCSE Combined Science for AQA Foundation Revision Guide
CGP GCSE Combined Science for AQA 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.