GCSE Triple Science
The aim of the GCSE Science curriculum is to enable you to be confident exploring and understanding a range of fundamental and applied areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course focuses on ‘Working Scientifically’. It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required in order to fulfil your responsibilities in an ever more technological world. From genetics to nuclear fusion, you need an informed perspective if you are to play your part in shaping the future.
The Triple Science offer forms part of the option system. Pupils can choose to study Triple Science, and again this comprises the three science disciplines taught separately by specialist teachers, but leading to three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course consists of all of the Combined Science material, but with the addition of more topics. There is more theory and practical content in this option. There are eight practicals determined by the exam board for each science subject, although pupils will engage with a wider range than this throughout the courses.
Assessment will be examinations at the end of the course. There will be two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each examination will last 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will be a variety of question types and a numeracy component to some questions. The GCSEs will be graded on the new 1-9 system and students will receive three separate grades, one for each subject.
Why Study Triple Science?
Studying GCSE Triple Science widens and deepens your understanding and appreciation of key processes in the natural and man-made environment. It never answers all the questions you could ask but has the capacity to excite you to look towards further study and a life-long interest. Science at GCSE will develop your powers of analysis and deduction and help you to distinguish between scientific claims and false promises. It will make you think.
Science-based courses and careers range from Astronomy to Zoology, with a long stop at nearly every letter of the alphabet. A short internet search will reveal an incredible range of choices of degree subjects, and each of these can be the key to a wide range of potential careers. Surprise yourself and look ahead – where could your science take you?