GCSE Triple Science

Teacher to contact for further information: Mr N Davies or any member of the science teaching team
Type of qualification:

GCSE (triple award)

Type of assessment:
100% written examination at the end of Y11

Summary of subject content:

GCSE sciences are all changing from Sept 2016. Studying the separate sciences means that you study the same main units as those on the combined science course but to a higher level of demand, with more detail about certain aspects of the science. The longer exam papers reflect the increased demand and increased amount of information that you would be expected to have learnt about in the three areas of science.
As with combined science there are a set of mandatory experiments to perform over the two years but the department will provide as many opportunities as possible for you to experience the science 'in action'. The course is delivered in the same number of lessons as the combined science course with specialist teachers but with the extra content this will inevitably mean that the pace and demand in lessons will be greater.

Progression routes:  Students who achieve points 6 or above (to be confirmed but equivalent to a current grade B or better) in this course would be candidates who would have the opportunity to go on to study any of the pure sciences at A-level or an Applied Science A-level which, as with this course, covers all three sciences to the next level. The advantage of the triple over the combined comes down to the early stages of the A-level courses where you will be more familiar with some of the ideas that you will meet as the course is designed to accept students from both combined and triple science pathways.
Sciences are highly regarded by Universities for further progression but obviously the choice of A-level would ideally be suited to the University course or subject area for which you wish to apply.
All sciences are a core requirement for most further education places in college, apprenticeships etc. being classed as one of the core subjects and so the higher you can perform in science, the more pathways will be open to you.