KS4 Combined Science (Trilogy) & Separate Award Sciences

KS4 Combined Science (Trilogy) & Separate Award Sciences

We promote the importance of Science as a core qualification for all students not only for employers, colleges, apprenticeships and University, but also for their future lives where Science plays such a key role in our general day to day living.  As a core subject it is compulsory that all students at New Mills study the Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) at GCSE. We also offer the separate sciences as a Triple Award at GCSE (Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463). This course of study is particularly suitable for the students who intend to continue with their science to A Level and even further.  

New Mills Faculty of Science have devised a 5 year curriculum plan that allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of key concepts in science, alongside recognising how to apply these to real life situations.  The importance of practical experimental work in embedding these concepts into students’ minds has always been a priority for our faculty and so we are extremely pleased with the increasing importance of these working scientifically skills in the new curriculum.

In year 9, 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to study for the GCSE Combined Science Trilogy, or the three GCSE Separate Sciences. 

.  We follow the AQA specification for this.

Useful links for content and assessment

AQA GCSE Science syllabi

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Homework for Combined Science GCSE students comprises of Seneca tasks set Monday week one for completion on Friday week two in all sciences. Separate Science GCSEs will have homework set on Seneca Learning each week for all three sciences.  Revision guides for the GCSEs are available to buy at reduced rates at set times of the year. We also have a subscription to Kerboodle, where students are able to log on to access digital copies of the text books and other resources.

Seneca Learning


Extra-curricular opportunities

Opportunities are offered throughout the year for students to participate in a diverse range of activities. Over the past year this has included: GCSE Astronomy, Revision classes, and trips including: National Space Centre, Leicester, Dow Chemicals Industry visit, external speakers, Excitement of Science University of Manchester lectures, STEM Careers for girls University of Sheffield, science homework rewards trips (Alton Towers). We have also led residential experience trips to Russia (Space master class), Italy (Earth Sciences) and China (Biodiversity and culture).