GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) Course – AQA


    The online GCSE Combined Science Course Trilogy Award is an internationally renowned qualification that is recognised worldwide by universities, schools and employers. This course provided learners with an opportunity to receive 2 individual grades for each science covered. Two GCSE’s in one course. 

    GCSE Combined Science Course Aims:

    • Impart a systematic body of scientific knowledge and facts, and an understanding of scientific concepts, principles, themes and patterns
    • Further students’ appreciation of the practical nature of science, developing experimental skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
    • Develop an appreciation of the importance of accurate experimental work to scientific method and reporting
    • Develop students’ ability to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them
    • Sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the scientific world
    • Foster an appreciation of the significance of science in wider personal, social, environmental, economic and technological contexts, with a consideration of ethical issues

    Students are able to enrol and book their course online 365 days a year. No set term times, no classes to attend, you have complete flexibility. Access your online resources and tutor support for 12 months, all included in the fee. 

    Note: Exam fees are not included in the fees paid to UK Open College. We do not book exams for students. However, you may wish to try www.tutorsandexams.uk who have a number of centres located across the UK. They deal with private candidates all the time and will be happy to help with booking if required. You can also find a list of centres on the AQA website who may also be able to assist.

    Qualification: GCSE Combined Science Trilogy  – Equivalent to 2 individual GCSE’s
    Support: 1-year support included – Email your tutor or call our support line
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    AQA Specification: Code 8464
    Exams: Book your own exams
    Price: Interest-Free Finance
    Type of Study: Study online 

    We also offer a variety of other Science Based GCSE courses too that may be of interest. 

    Course Syllabus


    Cell biology
    Infection and response
    Homeostasis and response
    Inheritance, variation and evolution


    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


    Particle model of matter
    Atomic structure
    Magnetism and electromagnetism

    View official AQA specification here

    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 12 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 200 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 270 Hours

    Tutors & Support

    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


    To achieve a GCSE in combined science

    you will be assessed across the 3 sciences and the topics covered above. There are 6 written exam papers in all; 2 for each science. All papers contain a mix of multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. You must also undergo 21 practical assessments

    Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical assessments. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification

    Additional Examination Fees

    As a private candidate, it is the students responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College. 

    This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed. This is very easy to do but you need to book in advanced to avoid late booking fees. 

    Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of area. (It’s worth it)
    You can view a list of official AQA approved examination centres here 

    You can also try www.tutorsandexams.uk who have a number of centres located across the UK. They deal with private candidates all the time and will be happy to help with booking if required. 

    The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (6 months minimum recommended)

    Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 day cooling off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

    Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

    Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance for UK students only!

    Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

    Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

    Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
    Employed or self employed with a minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM take home pay) 
    Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
    Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
    Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
    Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
    You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

    Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

    Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

    Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

    Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

    Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

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    Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

    *Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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