AQA Combined Science GCSE – Trilogy (8464)
- Trilogy is one of two combined (double) science courses offered by AQA – the other is Synergy. They both cover the same material, but are arranged differently.
- The content matter and practicals are the same as in the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics – offering some flexibility to teachers.
- Written exam only – no practical exam or controlled assessment.
- Six written exam papers, 1 hour 15 minutes each, taken at the end of the course – no modules.
- Foundation and Higher tiers.
- Each paper has a variety of question types including multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
- First exam is summer 2018.
- Instead of a practical exam, there are twenty-one required practicals in school. Some exam questions will be about these practicals.
- At least 15% of the marks in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students gain by carrying out the required practical activities.
Exam papers and topics:
- Biology Paper 1 covers topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
- Biology Paper 2 covers topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
- Chemistry Paper 1 covers topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
- Chemistry Paper 2 covers topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.
- Physics Paper 1 covers topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
- Physics Paper 2 covers topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.
Exam papers, marking schemes and examiners’ reports:
Link to specimen papers. There are no past papers as the first exams are in the summer of 2018.