There are two different science routes on offer at Sharnbrook tailored to suit each learner.

Standard double 'combined science' route.

Triple 'separate sciences' route.

Triple science is not a requirement for entry onto any of our science 'A' level courses: double science is perfectly sufficient so long as high enough grades are achieved.


Outline of the Course

AQA Combined Science GCSE occupies the amount of time usually reserved for two GCSE subjects, beginning in year 9.  Students will receive two GCSE grades upon successful completion in year 11.  The course consists of a balance of biology, chemistry and physics, preparing fully for A levels in these subjects if sufficiently high GCSE grades are achieved.

Syllabus content


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







Magnetism and electromagnetism

Particle model of matter

Atomic structure

Assessment Methods

Six terminal exam papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics, each 1 hour 15 minutes long and equally weighted.  There will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.  During the course, students will conduct 21 ‘required practicals’ that are assessed via questions on the terminal exam paper.

Click here for KS3 year 7 biology assessment criteria.

Click here for KS3 year 7 chemistry assessment criteria.

Click here for KS3 year 7 physics assessment criteria.

Click here for KS3 year 8 biology assessment criteria.

Click here for KS3 year 8 chemistry assessment criteria.

Click here for KS3 year 8 physics assessment criteria.

Study Implications/Requirements

Students will need to revise thoroughly for our regular internal exams as well as the external GCSE examinations.  Students will need to demonstrate safe and well-organised approaches in practical lessons, using apparatus skilfully.  Good attendance is of the utmost importance, as there are no opportunities for the ‘required practicals’ to be repeated.  It cannot, therefore, be stressed enough how important good attendance is throughout the course and family holidays in school time should certainly be avoided.

What can I do with a Science Qualification?

You will develop a wide range of mathematical, spoken and written communication skills as well as improving your ability to work with others, to analyse and solve problems and to take charge of your own learning.  These are all important transferable skills that all employers look for. Science qualifications open up a very wide range of opportunities and are useful irrespective of what you intend to do in future life.

A good grade at GCSE will help you to move on to an A level, a vocational course or a job of your choice.

If you enjoy GCSE in the sciences, you might want to continue with the biology, chemistry or physics, or study a related subject such as psychology.  Many of our students choose to take several of the above courses in the sixth form.

Separate Science (“triple”) route outline of the Course

Six groups in year 9 have provisionally embarked upon an accelerated AQA separate science route and, if they continue with this in year 10 and year 11, they will achieve three separately graded science GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.

Separate science is not a requirement for entry onto any of our A level courses: combined science is perfectly sufficient.

For further information please contact

Ms Watt