KS4 Science

Combined science: Trilogy.

This course covers all three sciences and leads to two ‘Science’ GCSEs.

The course includes a number of practicals which are specified by the DfE and we do others as appropriate.

Students are taught in small groups and supported by SSWs

Exam Board


Lessons per week

3 x 55 minutes

What is my final qualification?

Two grades at GCSE.
These two grades may be different.

For all exams, there are two tiers of entry, Foundation and Higher.

What does the course contain?


Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.


Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere.


Forces; Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Particle model of matter,  Atomic structure.

How is the course arranged?

Groups are taught a unit at a time. Your science teacher will have an overview of your work. They will keep a check on your progress and write your reports.

Do we all do the same work?

Most candidates will be taught to Foundation level. However the small numbers in the class will allow for individualised learning where appropriate.

Students will be taught the content of the higher specification if we are certain that a student can cope with this higher level work. This decision is taken for individual students.

What skills do we learn?

You will be given the opportunity to solve problems in a scientific way. You will work with ideas about science in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. You will analyse data and will carry out a case study of a topical scientific issue. You will carry out practical investigations and explain your results.

How is my work assessed?

Six exams (no coursework and no controlled assessment):

  • Biology x2
  • Chemistry x2
  • Physics x2

Each exam is 1 hr 15 mins (70 marks)

How do I know what progress I am making?

Teachers will regularly share with you the data we collect in our database. This will help you to judge how well you are doing. It will also help you and teachers to set targets and to monitor your progress towards meeting them.