There are two different Science courses you could study at GCSE; Trilogy and Triple. It is compulsory to study one of these.
Trilogy Science covers the basics of all three Science’s and you will leave with one double weighted GCSE in Combined Science.
Learners who have shown an exceptional aptitude for the sciences and mathematics over the course of KS3 will be offered the opportunity to study Triple Science. This is a more academically demanding course where each of the three Science disciplines (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) is taught separately and in more detail. Learners taking the route will achieve three separate GCSE qualifications but this will take up one of the option blocks and therefore count as one option choice —please see Mr Craig for more information on this.
Regardless of whether you study Trilogy or Triple Science you can progress to academic and vocational options at Post 16.
WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
Science is experimenting to find out how the universe works, from what happens in your body to how we generate electricity for our everyday life. It involves learning and testing new theories as well as being able to apply these to new contexts in the real word.
Science delivers skills that make it a very appealing subject for employers, colleges and universities, who view it as an excellent measure of a learner’s aptitude as well as the attitude they apply to their studies. It is a requirement for many careers, including medicine, engineering, clinical research, architecture, forensic science, etc.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
Science teaches you to think in a structured, logical way and use this to communicate complex ideas. You will apply techniques that you have learnt in maths to read measurements in order to solve scientific problems, as well as gaining skills in analysing and interpreting data. Practical work is also an important part of science and you will learn to use new equipment and techniques to take accurate measurements.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Learners will all study a range of topics from each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics including genetics, electricity, forces, organic chemistry and ecology.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED
Learners will sit 6 exams, two for each of the sciences. In addition to this, learners will be required to complete a variety of assessed practical activities throughout the course.
Examining board: AQA
Course outcome: GCSE Grades 9-1