Preparation for GCSE Combined Science Equivalency Exam

1. What's in the GCSE Combined Science Equivalency Exam?

All current combined Science exam board specifications, Edexcel, AQA including (TRILOGY and SYNERGY) and OCR (including Gateway, and 21st Century) GCSE examinations are DOUBLE award sciences (ie  2 GCSEs). Be aware as some candidates have been offered GCSE Science Equivalency exams benchmarked to these boards and although the foundation tier will avoid some of the higher process questions, they still require candidates to study twice the number of topics.

To best fit the requirements of Primary teachers we have benchmarked the current GCSE combined science Equivalency Exam to the past Edexcel GCSE Coordinated Science Examination as it provides the best fit for primary teacher trainees with a single award and a universal tier (includes foundation and higher) combined Science award.

NB In February 2021 the combined science equivalency exam will benchmark to the newest Edexcel single award IGCSE Science option. This will again provide the perfect fit for candidates applying for Primary teacher training as it offers both foundation and higher options with the required SINGLE award exam. In addition, it provides an excellent foundation to teach primary science curriculum. We will continue to offer the Edexcel Coordinated Science Exam up to June 2021 for those who had begun studies with this syllabus.

The (Single Science) Combined Science equivalency exam is specially prepared 2-hour test covering the 2 Biology modules, 2 Chemistry Modules and 2 Physics Modules. The details of the topics as outlined in the GCSE Science Equivalency Test guide.

To enable thorough coverage of the syllabus material in the time provided the current exams breaks down into 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics modules each made up of 24 multiple choice questions (worth 1 mark each). The GCSE equivalency exam therefore totals 144 (6 modules x 24 marks). A grade C/4 threshold requires a minimum of 78/144 marks or 55%. The remaining grade thresholds are outlined in column 3.

Who should sit this GCSE Combined Science equivalency Exam?

You require a GCSE Combined Science equivalency for entry into a higher education courses that accept GCSE equivalencies (typically teacher training for QTS, midwifery and nursing).

Where can i sit the GCSE Combined Science equivalency Exam?

You can sit the exam in the exam centre, ONLINE or in school (conditions apply).

Need to sit GCSE Combined Science Equivalency in Birmingham?

From Thurso to Truro we have you covered. If your school can meet the Equivalency Test requirements it is possible to sit your exam in your supporting school.

2. Where can I find support?

  1. You can purchase the recommended materials for the GCSE Combined Science Equivalency exam online by inserting the ISBN number below into Google or your preferred web browser. The book is inexpensive and best matched to your exam and therefore to your successful preparation for the exam.
  • EDEXCEL Modular science – The Revision Guide – ISBN Number – 1841469416
  • EDEXCEL Modular science – The Workbook – ISBN Number – 1841469483
    NB It is not necessary to purchase the science workbook if you are booking a science “KICK START” or “BOOSTER CLASS” as workbook is provided

If you have problems sourcing these books at a reasonable price (less than £10) please email for assistance.

Please note that the resources below have been made for the double award so use the GCSE Science Equivalency Test guide to assist you stay on target with your studies.

  1. Use the GCSE Combined Science Examination practice exams provided through the Edexcel. These include their marking schemes.
  2. Use BBC Bitesize GCSE Edexcel Combined Science. This includes revision materials, videos, tests, practice tests and useful links to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills of the assessment objectives.
  3. Coaching on material in the exam can be found on You Tube. This is extremely useful in developing your knowledge and understanding.  Eg. type in the search  Edexcel combined science GCSE or search by topic eg GCSE Periodic Table.
  4. After you make an exam booking you will receive an invitation to a regular free online revision sessions. Note these sessions do not replace the above resources and should be seen as complementary to these resources.
  5. However, after reviewing the revision material you feel you require some support and /or you are short of time, it is advisable (although not compulsory), that you use one of our Combined Science revision coursesThese are specifically designed to assist with the GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam. There are a variety of options using experienced teaching professionals who have successfully helped people like you. This is preferable to sitting an exam ill prepared and being unsuccessful.

Additional online GCSE Combined Science equivalency revision resources listed below

Additional GCSE Science equivalency test revision material.

BBC Bitesize

GCSE Answers

GCSE Guide

Edexcel GCSE Past Exam Papers 



3. What are the Combined Science Equivalency Test Grade Boundaries?

Science Marks Percentage
Grade A*-, A*, (8) A*+  (9) 123/144 (85 -100%)
Grade A-, A, A+, (7) 108/144 (75 -84%)
Grade B-, B, (5) B+, (6) 94/144 (65 –  74%)
Grade C-, C, C+ (4) 78/144 (55 – 64%)

Other useful information

A* Star Equivalency Testing has been the leader in delivering Equivalency Tests since 2002 and this Science equivalency exam and certificate is accepted by most training providers. However, there are hundreds of existing providers and courses, new providers and policies can be subject to change.We therefore advise candidates to always check with their proposed provider as we do not offer refunds.

Please be advised that the Science equivalency exam paper remains the property of A*Star Equivalency Testing. Candidates are not permitted to take their exam paper, pictures of or photocopies of the paper. And as such by agreeing to our terms and conditions you agree to the above.

Still can’t find what you want?  Please call or email should you require any further information regarding any aspect of the course content, dates or location.

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