Laser surgery, looking for life in a meteorite from Mars, cable and satellite television, the internet, gene therapy. These are just a few of the things we take for granted in our times, markers of the late 20th and early 21st century’s scientific and technological revolution. Science has changed the way we work, communicate, and view the world.
You will study three separate sciences gaining three GCSEs: GCSE biology, GCSE chemistry and GCSE physics. You are awarded individual grades for each of the three sciences.
Triple scientists’ study all the content from the biology, chemistry, and physics disciplines of GCSE combined science, but with added extra material in each discipline. For example, in physics you will study an astronomy unit, which explores ideas about the solar system, life cycle of stars and discussing evidence for the origin of the universe.
There are six exams, each 1hr 45 minutes long. Each exam will cover half of the content for that subject, i.e. 2 papers each for chemistry, biology, and physics. The exams all follow the same format regardless of subject or tier. There will be a mixture of question types which will include multiple choice questions, short answers, and longer extended answers worth up to 6 marks.
Although this suite of qualifications includes both foundation tier and higher tier papers, it is expected that all students will have the aptitude to sit the higher tier papers and be aiming for grades 5-9.
You will receive a grade between 1 and 9 for Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE.
Aside pursuing subjects at A level, university and beyond, there are countless careers including medicine, engineering, pharmacy, tree surgery, research, hairdressing… the list really is endless! Follow the link below for some ideas of where science can take you!
You will be provided with all materials to use in class, including all practical materials. In addition to this you will have access to GCSE Pod and Seneca, though you may wish to purchase revision guides for use at home. These are sold by all bookshops and some online retailers.
You can visit the AQA GCSE Science specifications, which can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse
Triple science requires a huge amount of commitment and you need to be willing to complete independent study outside of the classroom. Students wishing to do separate sciences should be targeted at least grade 6 in English, Maths and Science.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
― Marie Curie