The AQA combined science route will be followed and this will mean the topics studied will be from within the new GCSE Programme of Study.

The course is designed to give opportunities to all students to enable them to meet their aspirations while learning about many interesting aspects of science.

Combined Science Year 9 students will be taught for 4 periods per week.  Each period lasts 50 minutes.  Individual pupil performance and progress will be consistently and closely monitored and all decisions made in relation to courses and examination entries will be done so with the best interests of students, their potential and best grade outcomes and future aspirations in mind.

Year  9       


Biology Chemistry Physics
  1 & 2

Cells and organisms

Atomic Structure and periodicity Energy transfer and conservation
  3 & 4 Food and digestion Bonding and structure States and density
  5 & 6

Diseases and their treament Photosynthesis

Chemical reations and calculations Particles and radiation
Year 10 Module Biology Chemistry Physics
  1 & 2 Responding to change and homeostasis Electrolysis and energy changes Forces in Action
  3 & 4 Hormones and nerves Rates of reaction Forces in action
  5 & 6 Genetic variation Crude oil Waves
Year 11 Module Biology Chemistry Physics
  1 & 2 Reproduction and evolution Chemical Analysis Electromagnets
  3 & 4 Ecosystems and sustainability Sustainable chemistry Electromagnetism
  5 & 6 Revision Revision Revision

At Ditton Park Year 10 students studying combined science will continue to build on their development of knowledge and understanding of all 3 subject areas

Biology Topics Chemistry Topics Physics topics
Communicable disease Eletrolysis Forces in Balances
Preventing disease Crude Oil Motion
Non-communicable disease Chemical calculations Forces and motion
Photosynthesis Rates of reactions Wave properties
Respiration   Electromagnetic Waves
Human Nervous System    
Hormonal control    

All 3 subjects will cover science skills and carry out required practicals


Biology Paper 1

Biology topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Written exam 1 hr 15 mins - foundation and higher tier

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry Topics 8-12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Organic compounds.

Written exam 1hr 15 mins - foundation and high tier

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics 18-21: Forces; Waves and Magnetism and electromagnetism energy

Written Exam 1hr 15 mins Foundation and high tier



Students opting to take GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science) will study all 3 sciences as discrete subjects.  The three will be delivered with intention of achieving the highest grade possible for every individual and students will receive an additional 3 science lessons every week.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Human Nervous System Chemical reactions Energy Resource
Hormonal Control Moles and concentration Energy transfers
Homeostatis Organic reactions Forces in Balance
Reproduction Polymers Motion
Variation and Evolution Energy changes Forces and pressure
    Force and Motion

These courses will provide stretch and challenge with the opportunity to study all 3 sciences in depth.

Biology - 2 exam papers

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolutuion; and Ecology

How its assessed

2 Written exams; 1hr 45 mins each


Chemistry - 2 exam papers

What's assessed

Topics 1-5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Topics 1-6: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources

How its assessed

2 written exams; 1hr 45 mins each


Physics - 2 exam papers

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics

How its assessed

2 written exams; 1hr 45 mins each



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