Study of Triple Science provides an excellent stepping stone into Science GCE (A Levels). In the past, we have found that it helps bridge the gap between GCSE and GCE. It is not, however, the only route into A level science. Attaining B grades and above in the GCSE double award will also enable pupils to study Science A levels.
In this option there is a larger curriculum content so we encourage those pupils who enjoy science to consider this option. Pupils need to be motivated and love science, as they will be spending a lot of their week with the science teachers.
There are two tiers of entry for this qualification:
Higher tier grades are awarded from A* - D Foundation tier grades are awarded C - G
The pupils study for three GCSEs in Biology Chemistry and Physics.
Each discipline consists of 2 written papers both worth 80 marks and contributing 45% to the final grade attained.
Unit 1 for all three sciences is sat in the summer of Year 10 and Unit 2 in the summer of year 11. Unit 3 is worth 10 % and is a practical element. Each student has to sit a practical exam in each discipline in January of year 11, this is worth 30 marks and is marked externally by the awarding body.
Unit 1: Cells, organs systems and ecosystems
Unit 2: Variation, homeostasis and micro-organisms
Unit 1: Chemical substances, reactions and essential resources
Unit 2: Chemical bonding, application of chemical reactions and organic chemistry
The pupils are examined using three assessment objectives:
AO1: Demonstrating knowledge and understanding
AO2: Application of knowledge, processes techniques and procedures
AO3: Analysis and interpretation of scientific information.
The course requires application of mathematical skills and practical skills.