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Year 10 Science

GCSE Combined Science


Combined Science students will study for 6 exams: two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will be awarded 2 Combined Science GCSEs.

Biology will cover Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

Chemistry 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, Using resources

Physics Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: AQA

Combined Science: Trilogy Specification Code:8464

Examinations Weighting Time When Notes

External Examination -

6 Written Papers

16.7% each paper 6 X 1 hour 15 minutes Summer of Year 11

6 Structured Papers – two each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics


Questions can be multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response. Students are awarded a double grade, reflecting 2 GCSEs, from the range 99,98,88,87 etc to 11

What will my child study during Year 10?

The Sciences are topic-based course, the topics that will be covered during Year 10 are:

Key Ideas Covered

Next to each section you will find the relevant book reference.

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term


·         Energy changes in a system

·         Power, work done and kinetic energy calculations

·         Conservation of energy

·         Efficiency

·         Energy resources


Chapters P1, P2, P3

Pages 4-44

Quantitive Chemistry

·         Calculating formula mass

·         Reacting mass calculations

·         Concept of the Mole

·         Using moles to balance equations

·         Limiting reactants

·         Atom economy

·         Percentage Yield in reactions

·         Concentrations of solutions.

·         Calculating volumes of gases in equations.

Aqa Chemistry books Chapter C4 pages 62-81




·         Types of respiration Anaerobic or aerobic.

·         Photosynthesis

·         And rate of Photosynthesis.

·         Use of glucose from Photosynthesis

·         Response to exercise

AQA BIOLOGY Chapter B8 and B9 pages 124-143


·         Circuit diagrams and symbols

·         Parallel and series circuits

·         Resistance

·         Charge and flow of electrons.

·         Mains electricity

·         National Grid

·         Energy transfer and Power

·         Static electricity.

AQA Physics Chapter P4 and P5 pages 50-75

Infection and Response

·         Communicable Disease

·         Viral disease

·         Bacterial disease

·         Fungal disease

·         Protist disease

·         Human defence mechanisms and vaccinations.

·         Antibiotics and treating disease

·         Drug trials

·         Plant disease

AQA BIOLOGY Chapters  B5 and B6 pages 74-110


·         The role of and types of neurone

·         The role of the nervous system

·         Reflex arcs

·         Role of the synapse

·         Factors affecting reaction times.

·         Menstrual cycle and its hormones

·         IVF

·         Thermoregualtion

·         Glucose regulation

·         Diabetes

AQA Biology book chapters B10-12




·         Organ and organ systems

·         Digestive system

·         Structure of the heart and blood vessels

·         Heart disease

·         Plant organ systems

AQA BIOLOGY PAGES  Chapters B3 and B4 pages 36-66



Chemical changes

·         The reactivity Series and reactivity of metals.

·         Extraction of metals and reduction.

·         Oxidation and reduction in terms of electrons.

·         Reaction of acids and neutralisation.

·         Ph Scale and common reactions

·         Titrations- method and calculations.

·         The principles of electrolysis.

AQA Chemistry Chapter C5 and C6 pages 84-111



Rate of chemical change

·         Calculating rates of reactions

·         Factors which affect the rates of reaction.

·         Collision theory and activation energy

·         Dynamic equilibrium

·         Reversible reactions

AQA Chemistry book Chapter C8 PAGES 128-148

Bonding and Structure

·         Types of bonding – ionic, covalent and metallic.

·         The states of matter

·         Giant Covalent Molecules

·         Structure and properties of metals

·         Bonding of diamond and graphite

·         Nano-chemistry


Chapter C3 PAGES 36-61

Particle model of matter (Physics aspects)

·         Changes of state and Particle Model

·         Density Calculations

·         Internal energy

·         Specific latent heat calculations.

AQA Physics book

Chapter P6 Pages 76-91



Energy changes

·         Exothermic and Endothermic reactions

·         Drawing and interpreting reaction profile diagrams.

AQA CHEMISTRY Chapter C7 pages 112-125


How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Science in Year 10?

The science course during Year 10 and 11 is a topic based course (see above for list of topics). At the end of each topic students will complete an informal test in class lasting 30 minutes and worth 30 marks made up of previous GCSE questions. The test will be notified via Satchel with some revision materials published to support preparation. Students will be given a rough GCSE grade to show the standard of their work (e.g 5/6; 7/8) and the marks and grade will be published on Satchel for you to see. At the end of the Year, students will sit  formal exams in the Sports Hall during which they will complete a three full Paper 1 exams one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which will be marked to exam board standards and a grade awarded. The marks/grades gained throughout the year will be used to provide a predicted grade.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 10 in Science?

Students will be set weekly homework that they will be expected to spend around 1 hour completing. The homeworks will be a variety of tasks that will primarily be:

  • Completion of classwork with further research and note-making
  • Completion of past GCSE questions
  • Revision for tests
  • Online revision/quizzes using sites such as SAMLearning/GCSEPod/Seneca Learning

Students will be expected to regularly access the online textbook via kerboodle ( Their username and password is the same as their username in school and the institution code is sL4.

How can I support my child to do well in Science during Year 10?

  • Ensure they complete their homework properly
  • Support them by ensuring they have somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions but with online access to the textbook etc.
  • Buy a revision guide (order forms available to download via this website)
  • Support them to revise and prepare properly for each test

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Students can access the digital textbooks to help with revision.
  • After school revision sessions will be available.
  • Revision books can be purchased to assist with understanding.
  • Students should be encouraged to seek assistance from their teacher when they are struggling with any concept.
  • Students have access to Sam Learning and the kerboodle learning platform which has a range of resources to help boost understanding

 Updated September 2021