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Science- Option 1 - Triple GCSE Science - AQA

Course Overview

Please be aware that your child will be guided as to which is the most suitable option for them based on assessment in Key Stage 3, acknowledging the significantly increased demands of the reformed, New Science GCSEs.

Triple Science gives students three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course is delivered at an accelerated pace and provides a route onto Key Stage 5 Science study.

This route offers individual science subject lessons, where normally three different science teachers will deliver specialist subject areas. Expectation is that all students will be aiming for the higher tier examinations. This course is now 100% linear, with all of the examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. There is now no practical assessment, although students will undertake set practical activities stipulated by the examination board, there will be questions associated with knowledge gained from these practical activities that will count for at least 15% of the assessment marks for each of the separate GCSEs.

Students will sit six exams at the end of year 11, two for each Science GCSE. The results from each will be weighted equally to provide the combined GCSE grades. In each paper, students will have to answer the following question styles - multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and longer structured responses. Key mathematics skills will be required in all papers.

Assessment Criteria

Biology - Papers 1 and 2 Each Paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and contributes 50% towards the final Biology GCSE
Chemistry - Papers 1 and 2 Each Paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and contributes 50% towards the final Chemistry GCSE
Physics - Papers 1 and 2 Each Paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and contributes 50% towards the final Physics GCSE

Where next?

Triple Science provides a successful entry route for students studying A level sciences. The subject entry criteria for science subjects are set out in the sixth form handbook.