What is the course about?

GCSE Triple Award Science covers the separate GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Physics content. Our route ensures a thorough and in-depth preparation for further study into any area of Science at Post 16.

The course is academically demanding and a certain level of scientific attainment and independent learning is essential.

Subject content:

Some topics that will be studied include:

  • Diet & exercise
  • The use & abuse of drugs
  • Cells & simple cell transport
  • Photosynthesis
  • The fundamental ideas in Chemistry
  • Metals & their uses
  • Structures & bonding
  • Rates of reaction
  • Energy & efficiency
  • The use of waves for communication
  • Forces & their effects
  • Currents in electrical circuits

Studying Science may lead to:

Provided the required grades are attained at the end of the course, Triple GCSE Award Science provides a basis for studying A Level Science courses; as a general rule a Grade B is required.

Students who achieve Grade C will be offered the opportunity to study BTEC (Level 3) Applied Science – Medical Science

Examples of careers that GCSE Science (Triple Award) may lead to are:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pathology
  • Forensic Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Research Science

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Triple Award Science students will sit all of their Science exams at the end of Year 11. Students who have achieved a good Year 9 Science grade will be offered the opportunity to study GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Physics over the course of two years. The three Sciences will be taught in a parallel way, offering a flexible solution to gaining the three Science GCSEs required for all Post 16 Science courses.

75% of each of the three Science GCSEs will come from the terminal examinations at the end of Year 11 with the final 25% coming from Controlled Assessments that will be completed throughout their Key Stage 4 Science lessons.

Students will be regularly assessed throughouAQAt Key Stage Four; this information will be used by Science staff to inform progress in relation to Target Grades and also tier of entry.

Exam Board - AQA

What skills are required?

Due to the demands of the course a student must have achieved Level 6 consistently throughout Key Stage 3 Science; they must also have achieved a good Year 9 Science grade.

Students must have also demonstrated a good academic ability within their KS3 Mathematics and English.

Students not fulfilling these criteria will be offered the choice of GCSE Double Award Science.

Students will be expected to work independently and continually act upon the feedback of their classroom teacher in order to make the progress that is required of them. There is an expectation that students will complete all class and home work to the best of their ability as well as reading around the subject and attending Study Support in order to enhance their classroom experience.