Combined Science 

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) is the basic all-round science course suitable for all abilities and learning styles. It covers all of the core concepts needed for an understanding of science in the real world and is the course choice for those who want to keep their options open.  This GCSE Science option is taken by the majority of students. It builds on the Key Stage 3 curriculum and covers the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 4. It encourages students to explore, explain, theorise and model in science and develops a critical approach to scientific evidence.


Separate Sciences 

GCSE Triple Award Science covers the separate GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. Our route ensures a thorough and in-depth preparation for further study into any area of Science at Post 16
The course is academically demanding and a certain level of scientific attainment and independent learning is essential.

Completed a BSc in Applied and Human Biology with Hons at Aston University. Has taught at Shireland Collegiate Academy since 2014 and led the Science department since 2017.



Year 7 are taught 10 Big Ideas over the year, the ideas cover all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus the practical and working scientifically skills necessary to prepare students for GCSE and beyond.  The topics they cover are Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Eco-systems and Genes.  Each topic is made to be interesting and engaging and finishes with an end of topic test, where the knowledge students have gained throughout the topic is assessed.

Year 8 students continue with the 10 Big Ideas scheme of work.  As with in Year 7 each topic is made to be interesting and engaging and finishes with an end of topic test, where the knowledge students have gained throughout the topic is assessed.

All students will start their GCSEs in Science after Christmas. The majority of students will study the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) course which will lead to the award of two GCSEs in Science.

A small number of students will be invited to study Separate Sciences. This will depend on students’ ability, prior attainment and their interest in pursuing Science to an advanced level Post-16 and beyond.

All students will continue working towards their GCSEs in Science. Throughout the year students will be focusing on Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with an emphasis on developing investigative skills throughout the course. 

All students are preparing for terminal GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. 



(Combined Science) GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) gives you a good grounding in Science. Success in Combined Science can provide access to A-Level Science courses, including Applied Science and Psychology. In the long term, if you decide to pursue your scientific studies, it can lead to an almost limitless number of job opportunities. Highly qualified scientists are very much in demand and their skills are required in many jobs.

(Separate Sciences) Provided the required grades are attained at the end of the course, GCSE Triple Award Science provides a basis for studying A-level Science courses; as a general rule a GCSE grade 6 is required.
Students who achieve Grade 5 will be offered the opportunity to study BTEC (Level 3) Applied Science.
Examples of careers that GCSE Triple Award Science may lead to are:

  • Medical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Research Science


(Combined Science) The Combined Science GCSE is examined by six 1 hour 15 min written examinations, each of which is worth 16.7%. There are two examinations on each subject – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each examination paper will include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. There are 21 required practical’s that are delivered throughout the course. There will be questions relating to these practical’s on the written examination papers.

(Separate Sciences) GCSE Triple Award Science students will sit all of their Science exams at the end of Year 11. Students will receive separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be graded using the 9-1 system.

The three GCSE Sciences will be taught in a parallel way, offering a flexible solution to gaining the Science qualifications required for a variety of Post 16 Science courses.

There are no Controlled Assessments; instead there are required practicals that are completed throughout normal Key Stage 4 Science lessons and are then examined as a part of the examinations at the end of Year 11. Students will be regularly assessed throughout Key Stage Four; this information will be used by Science staff to inform progress in relation to Target Grades and also tier of entry.


(Combined Science) Mathematics skills are now included in the assessment of all GCSE science qualifications. A minimum percentage of marks must be allocated to assessing mathematical skills at an appropriate level of difficulty, in line with new rules and guidance from the Department for Education.

Basic Practical skills developed in KS3 will be needed to complete a series of ‘required practicals’, which all students must complete over the duration of the course, and which are tested along with theoretical science content in the six examinations.

(Separate Sciences) Due to the demands of the course a student must have achieved level 6 consistently throughout Key Stage 3 Science.
Students must have also demonstrated a good academic ability within their KS3 Mathematics and English.
Students not fulfilling this criterion will be offered the choice of GCSE Double Award Combined Science.

Students will be expected to work independently and continually act upon the feedback of their classroom teacher in order to make the progress that is required of them. There is an expectation that students will complete all class and home work to the best of their ability as well as reading around the subject and attending Study Support in order to enhance their classroom experience.