Science enables students to learn and understand the world around them. Everyday subjects from electricity in our homes to catastrophic events such as a tsunami are covered. Science is a gateway to a wide range of careers. Doctors, vets, physiotherapists and beauticians need knowledge of science. Engineers, astronomers, chefs and plumbers also use their science skills on a daily basis.
All students will follow one of 2 pathways for Science:
- Combined Science (2 GCSEs)
- Triple Award Science (3 GCSEs) – as an option choice
Students can choose which pathway to follow. However, a student must be on track to achieve high grades at the end of Year 9 to study Triple Award Science.
1. Combined Science Pathway
During Years 10 and 11 students will follow the AQA GCSE Trilogy Science to complete the Combined Science Pathway. Students will be awarded two GCSEs.
This course provides students with a broad, coherent course that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. This course is designed to follow on directly from the course studied in Key Stage 3.
The Combined Science (double award) route provides a thorough preparation for students wishing to take any of the A level Science courses.
2. Triple Award Science Pathway
During Years 10 and 11 students will follow the AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics programmes of study to complete the Triple Science Pathway. Students will be awarded three separate GCSEs.
Triple Science provides students with an advanced course that extends their current knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. This course is designed to follow on directly from the course studied in Key Stage 3.
The three Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by subject specialists. This allows teachers to focus on their area of expertise and provides the very best experience for students during GCSE Science. It is expected that students taking Triple Science should be strongly considering progressing to one or more of the three A level Sciences in Year 12.
Triple Science is suitable for students who enjoy Science and are interested in pursuing it in any form beyond GCSE. As it will result in three GCSEs, you will spend 15 periods per fortnight in Science lessons. Students taking Triple Science should be on track to achieve high grades at the end of Year 9 and are regularly working at thresholds of Secure + or above.
Why study Science?
- Science is interesting and enhances your understanding of the world around you.
- Science equips you to make important technical and ethical decisions in life.
- Science relates well to many other vocational and academic subjects and supports your understanding of them.
- Science supports vocational and academic courses of study beyond GCSE.
Science will be delivered as follows:-
- Combined GCSE Science will be delivered in 10 lessons per fortnight.
- Triple GCSE Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will be delivered in 15 lessons per fortnight (5 lessons in each science). Triple Science is a good preparation for Science AS and A2 courses. Different grades can be obtained in each of these 3 GCSEs.
The formal GCSE examinations will now take place in the summer of Year 11.
- Combined Science take 6 papers; 2 each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, giving 2 GCSEs. The marks from all six papers are combined, and the students are given two GCSE grades from this combined score.
- Triple Science take 6 papers; 2 each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, giving 3 GCSEs in separate sciences.
If you would like to discuss the course in more detail please speak to a member of the Science Faculty. We will be glad to explain or discuss any aspect of the course. If you require information on how your child is progressing at KS3 and their suitability for Triple or Combined Science, please contact Mrs Ventham (KS3 Science Co-ordinator) or your Science teacher.