International GCSE Combined Science

GCSE Combined Sciences

This international GCSE qualification provides students with a good grounding in the principles of all three science disciplines.

It offers students the opportunity to be scientifically literate and able to use science in their everyday lives and further studies. Students develop a range of practical skills along with data analysis and critical thinking skills.

This International GCSE Combined Science specification was updated in April 2017 with the addition of more quantitative chemistry that the development team now feel students need to progress to A-level Science. The resources below also reflect these changes.

This qualification is available for teaching now in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.


Paper 1: Biology

Paper 2: Chemistry

Paper 3: Physics


  • Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Syllabus summary


  • Organisation
  • Biogenergetics
  • Ecology
  • Organisms' interaction with the environment
  • Inheritance
  • Variation and evolution


  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Structure, bonding and the properties of matter
  • Metals
  • Chemical analysis
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Periodicity
  • Energy changes
  • Organic chemistry


  • Forces and their effects
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Particle model of matter
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Generating and distributing electricity and household use
  • Nuclear physics
  • Space physics

Download the complete Oxford AQA International GCSE Combined Science specification (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Resources available with this specification

Oxford International AQA Examinations provides the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Combined Science specification effectively.

Scheme of Work

Plan your course with the help of a suggested pathway through the syllabus so you can be sure you are covering the essential content.

Subject specific vocabulary

Ensure that everyone is using scientific language correctly with this list of word definitions used in our international GCSE science specifications and exam papers (based on ‘The Language of Measurement’ produced by the Association of Science Education).

Classroom Activity Sheets

Access worksheets developed by teachers for teachers, providing a useful set of practical resources to use in the classroom.

Practical Handbook

Get all the help you need to undertake practicals with your class. This guide harmonises the rules and guidance for International GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics and includes teachers’ notes, technical guidance and student sheets.

Key Stage 3 AQA science syllabus

The AQA approach to teaching the NCfE Key Stage 3 programme of study provides excellent preparation for the Oxford AQA International GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Sciences.

Specimen Papers and Mark Schemes

See how the International GCSE Combined Science specification will be assessed, so you can help your students prepare to sit their exams.

Command Words

Help students prepare for their exams by accessing definitions to command words used in exams and other assessed tasks.

Marked Exemplars

Prepare your students in exam technique with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme. Marked Exemplars for International GCSE Combined Science will be available from the first teaching day of the 2018/19 academic year.


Exampro is an online database of AQA past paper questions mapped to the new international qualifications, enabling teachers to create their own resources and assessments.

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Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

Our free Enhanced Results Analysis tool (ERA) gives you instant analysis of your students’ results. You’ll see how students performed in each unit, topic and marks they received for each question. This allows you to see which questions proved the most challenging, or how different classes performed, so you know what areas to focus on in following years. The tool will be available following published results from the first cohort of International GCSE Combined Science students in 2018.

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