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triple science

GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Curriculum Intent

Students will have the knowledge, skills and desire to understand and question the world around them.

Course description

Exam Board: AQA

All students will study GCSE Science in Year 10 and 11. Students will be guided onto the course most suitable for them. If students are guided onto the GCSE Triple Science route they will study all three Sciences i.e. GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics over the two year period, hence this route is suited to the more able.

The additional time that is required to successfully complete three Science GCSEs results in students having three option choices for other subjects. Students will obtain three GCSE grades at the end of the course from 9-9-9, 9-9-8 though to 2-1-1, 1-1-1. This course is very suitable preparation for A Level Sciences.

Assessment

GCSE Biology: The course is assessed at the end of Year 11 and consists of two papers, each assessing different topics, including practical skills. All papers are 1 hour 45 minutes in length and can be taken at Foundation and Higher tier. The papers are equally weighted, each being worth 50% of the grade and containing multiple choice, structured, closed short and open response questions.

GCSE Chemistry: This is assessed in the same way as GCSE Biology above.

GCSE Physics: This is assessed in the same way as GCSE Biology above.

Key skills

You will develop the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • Information and communication technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving

Where can it take me?

With GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, students can progress to traditional A Levels in all Science subjects or to Level 3 BTEC Science courses. Higher education in Science can for example lead to careers in: medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy or engineering and technology. Further education in Science can lead to a variety of careers including: childcare, hairdressing, sports sector or engineering.

Further information

Please contact: Mr S Holmes (Faculty Director of Science)

Useful Website

www.my-gcsescience.com

Key Stage 4 Biology Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4 Chemistry Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4 Physics Curriculum Plan