Triple Science

Students complete the Biology GCSE at the end of Year 10 and the remaining two subjects in Year 11, please see below for further details.

During the two week timetable rotation triple science pupils have a total of twelve hours of science lessons. Wherever possible subject specialist teachers will deliver the course content.

The full specifications for these subjects can be found at:

What are the components of these courses?

Biology

Biology GCSE

Unit

Percentage contribution to GCSE

Taught/completed

Examined

B1

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 9

June examinations in Year 11

B2

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 11

B3

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 10

Internally assessed coursework

25%

Year 10

N/A

Chemistry

Chemistry GCSE

Unit

Percentage contribution to GCSE

Taught/completed

Examined

C1

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 10

June examinations in Year 11

C2

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 10 & 11

C3

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 11

Internally assessed coursework

25%

Year 11

N/A

Physics

Physics GCSE

Unit

Percentage contribution to GCSE

Taught/completed

Examined

P1

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 10

June examinations in year 11

P2

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 11

P3

25% - 1 hour exam

Year 10 & 11

Internally assessed coursework

25%

Year 11

N/A

 

What are the success rates in this course?

In the Science Department we have a very high success rate, typically 100% of the cohort gain A –C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Where can I find extra support online to help improve my grade in this course?

There are multiple websites available for our courses. Parents should be aware that we study AQA Core Science Specification A. The following websites are particularly recommended by our teachers:

BBC Bitesize Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/ 

Revision Videos:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/videos/ 

Arden VLE https://vle.arden.solihull.sch.uk/app/os

Do you recommend any books for this course?

There are many books and revision guides available for our courses. Parents should be aware that we study AQA Core Science Specification A. The department does sell AQA endorsed revision Core Science Revision guides for students priced at £3.50 each which is a discounted price. The following books are particularly recommended by our teachers:

AQA Science A Textbook: Mary Jones, Mike Tingle, Louise Petheram, Ken Gadd (ISBN: 978-0007414628)

AQA Additional Science: Mary Jones, Mike Tingle (ISBN: 9780007414567)

Collins New GCSE Science - Separate Sciences Student Book: AQA by Mary Jones, Lyn Nicholls, Louise Petheram, Ken Gadd (ISBN: 9780007414598)

When should I revise and can I get any past papers online?

Revision of topics should be a consistent part of student life and students who do well in GCSE science subjects will be the ones who work hard and regularly revise and review topics.

Past papers for separate sciences can be found at:

Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Chemistry: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Physics: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

What can I do next with this course?

Science opens the doors to many, many careers.

We would recommend choosing the triple science pathway if you are particularly interested in careers in medicine, science, engineering.