Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Awarding Body


Course Level


Qualifications worth

Three GCSE grades at 1-9 (one for each science)
Foundation grades 1-5
Higher grades 4-9

What is the Course?

The aims of this specification are to encourage students to:

  • Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.
  • Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.
  • Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
  • Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.

What will I learn?

  • Biology covers: Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection & Generic Modification, Health & Disease, Plants, Animal Systems and Ecosystems.
  • Chemistry covers: Chemical Reactions, Rates of Reaction, The Periodic Table, Fuels, Acids and the earth and atmosphere.
  • Physics covers: Waves, Light, Radioactivity, Energy, Forces, Electricity, Magnetism and Astronomy.

How will I be assessed?

  • 2 Biology Exams 1hr 45 mins each
  • 2 Chemistry Exams 1hr 45 mins each
  • 2 Physics Exams 1 hr 45 mins each

These skills will then be assessed (20%) in the exams. Core practicals are carried out throughout the course to develop practical skills and application of principles.

When will I be assessed?

Written exams are done in Year 11.

Additional Information

This course is for motivated and hard working students who have an enthusiasm and passion for Science and who are considering doing Science at A-level and/or persuing a career in Science. The course is taught through practical investigation wherever possible.

In addition to the 'core science' curriculum time, those students opting for Triple Science have an extra four hours per fortnight from one option block to cover the additional units required for the separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. (Please see further explanation found under the 'Introduction' tab).

What will this qualification allow me to do?

This qualification provides a solid and thorough background for pupils who wish to go on and study any Science at A-level, and at University if desired. It also develops pupils ability to research; investigate; carry out scientific practicals; collect, present and analyse data; work collaboratively in small groups, and relate their knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar situations. As such, it is a useful and interesting option even if you do not wish to pursue Science beyond GCSE.

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