Students in Year 9 – Year 11 will follow AQA Combined Science: Trilogy. During the first year of study, the students will be in broad sets by ability with 7 lessons a fortnight with one teacher. Here they will study three units of each subject (biology, chemistry, and physics) and begin work on their required practical tasks. In Year 10, students begin to study each subject in more detail with 2 teachers over 10 lessons a fortnight. At the end of Year 10, students will be regrouped with (normally) 2 sets going on to study separate sciences (traditionally called triple science) while the remaining groups work towards combined science (traditionally called double science).
At the end of the three year course, students studying combined science will sit 6 examinations (all 75 minutes in length). Students studying separate science will sit separate examinations.
The AQA specification has been selected because it develops knowledge and detailed understanding while giving students the chance to work scientifically and use their maths skills to enhance the cross-curricular links available.
Students will also complete a number of required practical tasks across the three years.
More information: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy