Combined Science


Science is fundamental to the comprehension and appreciation of other subjects. Students develop a love of learning through the opportunity to discover scientific phenomena and knowledge themselves, through high quality teaching and independent study outside the classroom. Students will be challenged to problem solve, apply their skills to other contexts and become robust, metacognitive, resilient learners that will see them grow in confidence throughout the foundation phase. Students will be provided with a solid foundation for further study of science by embedding the core knowledge required to understand science in greater depth. With a focus on knowledge acquisition over time students are given the opportunity to question themselves, the world and the wider universe. The study of science is integral to their day to day experiences and prospects.


Students have 6 lessons of science per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, we follow a bespoke curriculum that covers the whole Key Stage 3 requirement whilst building essential knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding for the GCSE courses ahead. Our course prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Separate units of biology, chemistry and physics are covered over the course of each academic year. Regular assessment throughout the course followed by a detailed review of answers allows students to reflect on their learning and improve their examination answers and technique. The Year 9 curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 as students begin building the foundation knowledge for their Science GCSEs.

The units are taught on a rota examples of which are shown below.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Cellular biology Forces Chemical reactions
Chemistry fundamentals Genetics and Evolution Space and Waves
Year 8 Chemical changes Earth and resources Ecosystems
Energy Human organisation Electricity and magnetism
Year 9 Cell biology Organisation Infection and response
Atomic structure The periodic table Structures and bonding
Energy Electricity Particle Model of Matter

KS3 Resources

KS4 (GCSE) Combined Science

We offer two routes in the science GCSEs. Students either study for a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE or they follow a Combined Science pathway which covers all 3 sciences and is worth 2 GCSEs.

The pathway each student follows is carefully selected to suit the academic interests of the individual to give them the best chance of fulfilling their potential in the GCSE examinations.

The information below is for the Combined Science pathway. For information on the separate sciences, please go to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics subject pages.


AQA Combined Science: Trilogy

Assessment Weighting

100% Exam 0% Coursework

Exam 1: Biology Paper 1 – 16.7%

Exam 2: Chemistry Paper 1 – 16.7%

Exam 3: Physics Paper 1 – 16.7%

Exam 4: Biology Paper 2 – 16.7%

Exam 5: Chemistry Paper 2 – 16.7%

Exam 6: Physics Paper 2 – 16.7%

SoW and Sequence

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Bioenergetics Homeostasis and response Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Chemical Changes Energy Changes Rates of reaction Organic Chemistry
Atomic Structure and Radioactivity Forces Waves
Year 11 Ecology Threshold Concepts Revision
Chemical Analysis, Earth and Atmosphere Using Resources Threshold Concepts Revision
Magnetism and Electromagnetism Threshold Concepts Revision

Further Education/Job Destinations:

The list of science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in;

  • Attleborough Academy offers A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a BTEC in Forensic Investigation.
  • Other post-16 courses for which Combined Science GCSEs are helpful include BTEC Applied Science, Engineering, PE, Health and Social Care and Animal Management.
  • Apprenticeships in engineering may also have GCSE as a requirement

Job prospects include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, scientific research
  • Aeronautics, engineering, the energy industry
  • Veterinary science, marine sciences, animal care, zoo management
  • Education, journalism, health care, forensics and many more


Homework is set regularly via Class Charts. Each science teacher will set 30 – 60 minutes of homework per fortnight in order to reinforce and extend learning and prepare students for their GCSE examinations.

Revision Resources/Textbooks

The Science department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended

AQA GCSE Revision Combined Science Trilogy Higher
Ian Honeysett, Emma Poole and Nathan Goodman
ISBN: 9780008160869

Combined Science Trilogy Higher Revision

AQA GCSE Revision Combined Science Trilogy Foundation
Ian Honeysett, Emma Poole and Nathan Goodman
ISBN: 9780008160791

Combined Science Trilogy Higher Revision

AQA GCSE 9 – 1 Combined Science Trilogy Revision Flashcards

Combined Science Trilogy Revision Flashcards

KS5 (A-Level)

We offer A Levels in BiologyChemistry and Physics as well as a BTEC in Forensic Investigation at our Sixth Form. For more information, visit our Sixth Form Site

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