GCSE Combined Science AQA Past Papers

Combined Science: Synergy (8465)

June 2018

Foundation

June 2018 Paper 1 - Foundation
June 2018 Paper 2 - Foundation
June 2018 Paper 3 - Foundation
June 2018 Paper 4 - Foundation

Higher

June 2018 Paper 1 - Higher
June 2018 Paper 2 - Higher
June 2018 Paper 3 - Higher
June 2018 Paper 4 - Higher

Specimen Papers

Foundation

Specimen Paper 1
Specimen Paper 2
Specimen Paper 3
Specimen Paper 4

Higher

Specimen Paper 1
Specimen Paper 2
Specimen Paper 3
Specimen Paper 4

AQA GCSE Combined Science grade boundaries Synergy June 2018 

AQA Synergy Science Specification Content

1. Building blocks – DNA, sugars, proteins and other biological molecules.

2. Transport over larger distances

3. Interactions with the environment

4. Explaining change

5. Building blocks for understanding

6. Interactions over small and large distances

7. Movement and interactions

8. Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future

9. Key ideas

Assessments

Paper 1 – Life and environmental sciences

Assessment structure:

·Topics 4.1–4.4: Biological molecules; Transport over larger distances; Interactions with the environment and Explaining change.

·Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·Foundation and Higher Tier papers available

·100 marks

·25% of the Science GCSE

·Questions: There are structured questions; longer and shorter questions as well as some multiple choice. Some longer questions have a greater emphasis on knowledge and application (AO1 and AO2) than analysis and evaluation (AO3).

Paper 2 – Life and environmental sciences

Assessment Structure

·Topics 4.1–4.4: Building blocks; Transport over larger distances; Interactions with the environment and Explaining change.

·Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·Foundation and Higher Tier papers available

·100 marks

·25% of GCSE Science

·Questions: There are all types of questions including long and short answers, applied and recall questions. This paper assesses more of the analysis and evaluation (AO3) skills, and knowledge based around the required practicals.

Paper 3 – Physical sciences

Assessment Structure

·Topics 4.5–4.8: Building blocks for understanding; Interactions over small and large distances; Movement and interactions and Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future.

·Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·Foundation and Higher Tier

·100 marks

·25% of GCSE

·Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed and open short answer questions, with greater emphasis on knowledge and application (AO1 and AO2) than analysis and evaluation (AO3).

Paper 4 – Physical sciences

Assessment Structure:

·Topics 4.5–4.8: Building blocks for understanding; Interactions over small and large distances; Movement and interactions and Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future.

·Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·Foundation and Higher Tier examinations available

·100 marks

·25% of the Science GCSE Synergy

·Questions: This paper assesses the analysis and evaluation (AO3) skills part of the course, as well as the required practicals. Questions include multiple choice and a mixture of long and short answers.

Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

June 2018

Foundation

Foundation Paper 1 - Biology 1 Foundation
Foundation Paper 2 - Biology 2 Foundation
Foundation Paper 3 - Chemistry 1 Foundation
Foundation Paper 4 - Chemistry 2 Foundation
Foundation Paper 5 - Physics 1 Foundation
Foundation Paper 6 - Physics 2 Foundation

Higher

Foundation Paper 1 - Biology 1 Higher
Foundation Paper 2 - Biology 2 Higher
Foundation Paper 3 - Chemistry 1 Higher
Foundation Paper 4 - Chemistry 2 Higher
Foundation Paper 5 - Physics 1 Higher
Foundation Paper 6 - Physics 2 Higher

Specimen Papers

Foundation

Specimen Paper 1 - Biology 1F
Specimen Paper 2 - Biology 2F
Specimen Paper 3 - Chemistry 1F
Specimen Paper 4 - Chemistry 2F
Specimen Paper 5 - Physics 1F
Specimen Paper 6 - Physics 2F

Higher

Specimen Paper 1 - Biology 1H
Specimen Paper 2 - Biology 2H
Specimen Paper 3 - Chemistry 1H
Specimen Paper 4 - Chemistry 2H
Specimen Paper 5 - Physics 1H
Specimen Paper 6 - Physics 2H

AQA GCSE Combined Science past paper grade boundaries Trilogy June 2018 

Trilogy

Subject content for AQA Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Subject Content for AQA Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Subject Content for AQA Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

AQA GCSE Science Trilogy Assessments

There are six papers for the GCSE Science Trilogy course: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the science papers will assess the different topic areas highlighted above with questions on factual recall, applied areas and relevant maths making up the exams.

Biology Paper 1- Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Questions: Multiple choice, structured, long and short questions with recall and applied questions.

Biology Paper 2 – Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Questions: Multiple choice, closed short answer with longer applied questions.

Chemistry Paper 1 – Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Questions: Applied, recall, long, short and multiple choice.

Chemistry Paper 2 – Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Questions – Multiple choice, closed short answer, and structured.

Physics Paper 1 – Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

·         Questions: Long and short questions with applied longer questions. Multiple choice also included.

Physics Paper 2- Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessment Structure

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         Foundation and Higher Tier

·         70 marks

·         16.7% of GCSE

Questions – All types of questions from long, short and multiple choice.