GCSE Combined Science

GCSE Combined Science

Exam Boards Covered: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, Educas

At Excel Tuition Centre, we offer GCSE Science classes that are designed for pupils taking both the Combined Science exams and the Triple Science exams. When pupils enrol onto our GCSE Science programme, we establish whether they are registered to take the Combined Science exams or the Triple Science exams. We also establish which exam board they are studying and whether they are registered to take the foundation tier or higher tier exam papers. This is to ensure that we allocate them into the appropriate GCSE Science class.

With Combined Science all three science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are covered, however, the pupil will obtain two grades as opposed to three. Also, the breadth of the syllabus for combined science is not as deep as for triple science.

Topics that are covered in GCSE Combined Science classes include:


  • 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 energy change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources


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

Structure of the GCSE Combined Science Exam Papers

Typically, the structure of the exam for each exam board takes the form of 100% examination comprised of two examination papers for each subject; there are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. There are required practical’s that need to be learned which will appear as questions on the exam papers.

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