International GCSE Combined Science (9204)

International GCSE Combined Science

Provide your students with a good grounding in the principles of all three science disciplines.

The OxfordAQA International GCSE Combined Science specification is a Double Award International GCSE that introduces students to all three science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Our course offers students the opportunity to be scientifically literate and develop a range of practical skills, alongside data analysis, critical thinking skills and the ability to use science in their everyday lives.
  • Students take three equally weighted papers and receive two identical GCSE grades based on their composite achievement. The required practical exercises are covered during the course and these take into account local access to equipment and resources.
  • Candidates are assessed fairly, with papers carefully designed to avoid cultural or linguistic bias. Find out more on our approach to Fair Assessment.

All four International GCSE Science specifications include section 5.2 on Prohibited Combinations: centres cannot enter a student in a separate OxfordAQA International GCSE Science and the OxfordAQA International GCSE Combined Science in the same series.

International GCSE Combined Science (9204)

View the switching guide to see the differences between your old International GCSE Combined Science specification and the OxfordAQA specification (version updated November 2022).

OxfordAQA International GCSE Combined Science covers all three sciences:

Paper 1: Biology

Paper 2: Chemistry

Paper 3: Physics

  • Organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • 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

OxfordAQA provides all the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Combined Science specification effectively.

We have too many International GCSE Combined Science resources to list here, so please visit our resources for teachers area to see them all, including:

  • Schemes of work to allow you to plan how to deliver the specification in a way that will best suit you and your students
  • Teaching guidance to outline clearly the scope of teaching and learning
  • Topic tests and mock exam analysers to allow you to track your students’ progress throughout the teaching year

This qualification is linear with three question papers to be taken in the same examination series. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. For full details of assessment, please see the specification.

Exams are available May/June and in November.


  • This is a linear specification which means individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Take a look at:

You must be an approved OxfordAQA centre to enter students for our exams. Make sure you become an OxfordAQA centre before you start teaching a course.

Questions about this qualification?

Questions about this qualification?

Let us know your information below, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

*Mandatory field.

Course specification
Download here
(PDF, 2MB)