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Triple Science

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Course: AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics


100% of Final grade

There will be:

  • 2 exams for Biology
  • 2 for Chemistry
  • 2 for Physics.

Assessment is linear and will taken at the end of Y11. There are two tiers of entry, of which students will be entered for either foundation or higher.

Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes, is worth 50% of the final grade of each of the three GCSEs.

Course Descriptions

GCSE triple Science is the pinnacle of science study at GCSE. If you have a passion or interest in Science, then you will get the opportunity to study all 3 sciences in-depth. It will be studied as 3 separate subjects, and will prepare you for further studies in any science related further education. Students completing Separate Sciences will gain 3 GCSE qualifications

Triple Science is the ideal choice for students wanting to study A-Levels in any science discipline. They study the topics below in more depth and to a higher level than is studied in the Combined Science: Trilogy course. The additional content studied and the depth of understanding act as a preparation for A-Levels covering the key concepts and the foundations needed for success at A-level. In addition to the content below students will complete 24 required practical investigations (8 from each Biology, Chemistry and Physics) of which, understanding of the method and results will be tested in both examinations

In Biology students will study the following topics:

  • Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

In Chemistry students will study:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes; the rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

In Physics Students will study:

  • Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves, Magnetism and electricity and Space Physics

There will be multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response style questions. There is a weighting of 10% 20% and 30% mathematics questions in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics content respectively.

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 (1867-1934)


If you are interested in career in science, and are considering going onto study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, astrophysics, chemistry, psychology or any of the other science based subjects, GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics is the obvious choice for you! It also teams well with other subjects and will enhance your understanding in those GCSEs for example; Biology teams well with geography (for budding environmental scientists) and Physics teams well with maths (for budding engineers or astronomers)

For more information contact Mr B Gilder (Assistant Principal)