GCSE Combined Science: Foundation Trilogy


Cover the three science subjects from home in this combined GCSE course. Open doors to further study in medicine, technology, and engineering!

GCSE Combined Science: Foundation Trilogy

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For Higher Tier Combined Science, click here.

Earn the equivalent of 2 GCSE grades with this course that covers all science subjects.

Immerse yourself in the scientific world as you embark on a journey into the heart of the three fundamental disciplines: Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

Our curriculum is designed to match that studied in traditional UK schools, meaning you’re achieving the same qualification as your peers, from home. This course bundle is your entry point whether you have a passion for science, or want to work in a STEM field.

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This course bundle has been created to provide you with a deep understanding of the natural world. You’ll explore the building blocks of matter in Chemistry, uncover the intricacies of life and living organisms in Biology, and unravel the mysteries of the physical universe in Physics.

With engaging units, self-assessment exercises, and dedicated personal tutor support, you’ll be well prepared to tackle your exams.

Please note: While it is possible to study this course without sitting exams, in order to achieve a full GCSE qualification, exams are mandatory.

Course Benefits

Over the course of this GCSE, you’ll attain a high-level of scientific knowledge that you can use in your exams and further studies. This course will allow you to:

  • Achieve a grade equivalent to 2 GCSEs.
  • Study from the comfort of home, on your own terms, at your own pace.
  • Revise under the guidance of our exam-expert personal tutors, who will offer guidance, feedback, and tips.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 601/8758/X


  • Topic 1 – Cell biology
  • Topic 2 – Organisation
  • Topic 3 – Infection and response
  • Topic 4 – Bioenergetics
  • Topic 5 – Homeostasis and response
  • Topic 6 – Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Topic 7 – Ecology


  • Topic 8 – Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Topic 9 – Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Topic 10 – Quantitative chemistry
  • Topic 11 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 12 – Energy changes
  • Topic 13 – The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Topic 14 – Organic chemistry
  • Topic 15 – Chemical analysis
  • Topic 16 – Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Topic 17 – Using resources


  • Topic 18 – Energy
  • Topic 19 – Electricity
  • Topic 20 – Particle model of matter
  • Topic 21 – Atomic structure
  • Topic 22 – Forces
  • Topic 23 – Waves
  • Topic 24 – Magnetism and electromagnetism


In order to achieve this full GCSE qualification, you will need to pass the exams as well as practical examinations. Which will require you to attend a dedicated exam centre. There is a separate fee required to book your exams, paid directly to the facility. We’ll help you to book your exam slots when you’re ready. We suggest booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Exams for each subject are:

Biology Paper 1: 

  • Biology topics 1–4
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Biology Paper 2: 

  • Biology topics 5–7
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Chemistry Paper 1: 

  • Chemistry topics 8–12
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Chemistry Paper 2: 

  • Chemistry topics 13–17
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Physics Paper 1: 

  • Physics topics 18–21
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Physics Paper 2: 

  • Physics topics 22–24
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written exam
  • 70 marks (16.7% of overall GCSE marks)

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or skills are required to enrol on this course bundle.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will achieve an AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy.


Enrolling on GCSE may seem a bit daunting. However, when you enrol, you’ll be matched with one of our exam-expert personal tutors, who will help you tackle each element. They’ll be on-hand throughout your studies to offer you feedback on your work, give you sage exam advice, and guide you towards achieving the highest possible marks for you.

Similarly, our specially trained student support team will be there to answer any questions you may have, big or small. Our staff are committed to making sure you have everything you need to pass your exams.

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This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

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You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

The decision to study at a foundation or higher tier for your GCSEs depends on your current level of knowledge and your future goals.

Foundation Tier

  • Designed for students who may find the subject challenging or need additional support. There is a more limited range of topics at a lower level of difficulty.
  • You can achieve grades 1-5 (formerly G to C) on the foundation tier.
  • Foundation tier may be suitable if you struggle with the subject or don’t plan to pursue further education in that subject. It’s considered a more achievable pathway to success.

Higher Tier

  • Higher tier is more comprehensive and covers a broader range of topics at a higher level of difficulty.
  • You can achieve grades 4-9 (formerly C-A*) on the higher tier.
  • If you are confident in the subject and plan to study it at a higher level or pursue a career that requires a strong understanding of the subject, then a higher tier might be the right choice. It also leaves more doors open for advanced studies.

Practical exams are currently only available in our Birmingham exam centre. Theory exams are available at most of our centres UK wide.

Alternatively, you are also welcome to use a private exam centre of your choosing.

When you’re ready, we’ll help you book your exams.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Students who reside outside of the United Kingdom are able to study our GCSE courses. However, examinations must occur within the UK.

There are no prerequisites or required qualifications to study this course.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re ready!

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

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