Qualification type: GCSE
Exam board: AQA
Course code: Biology – 8461, Chemistry – 8462, Physics – 8463
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GCSE triple science offers students a broad, coherent course of study, which covers many areas of biology, chemistry and physics. In science, the emphasis is on understanding concepts through experimental work. The new GCSE specifications include core practicals for students to demonstrate their practical competencies. By taking separate sciences at GCSE you will cover more content, so you’ll be better prepared if you want to take science A Levels. Students who take separate GCSE science are also more likely to achieve higher grades in A Level sciences.
Whatever career you are considering, triple science will set you up well for later life. Employers are crying out for candidates with science-based skills.
What will be studied?
The science curriculum covers a wide variety of scientific areas studied throughout the three years.
In biology, you will study the following areas: Cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology.
In chemistry, you will study the following areas: Atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.
In physics, you will study the following areas: Energy transfers, energy resources, electricity, waves, radiation, forces and motion, momentum, light, sound, electromagnetism and the universe.
Why study science?
Students learn about the development of scientific ideas and its power and limitations. They will also evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological advances. Students will develop experimental, investigative and problem-solving skills.
At the end of year 11, students are assessed through two written papers in each of the three sciences. Each paper is 1 hour, 45 minutes and contributes to 50% of the overall result. These papers include multiple choice, short answers, longer written responses and calculations. Students are provided with some of the formulae in the examinations, however they will also be expected to learn a number of them. The exam papers also include questions on the core practical elements that students will have completed, as well as general questions on working scientifically.
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