100% terminal examination
Science is a core subject at GCSE and all students gain two or three GCSE qualifications by the end of Year 11 Each route is divided into units of study that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics equally.
GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE
Number of GCSEs: 2
Science is a core subject at GCSE and all students gain two or three GCSE qualifications by the end of Year 11. The trilogy route is divided into three units of study that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Throughout the three years, students will conduct detailed exploration of a wide variety of interests, including the study of genetics, reproduction and cloning, the Periodic Table, calculating chemical reactions and examining electricity and the wavelengths of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
This qualification provides students with two GCSEs.
GCSE TRIPLE SCIENCE
Number of GCSEs: 3
Students will be examined separately in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each separate discipline will have two terminal exams each marked at 50% of the GCSE.
Final decisions about which students will sit the triple science GCSE will be taken after dialogue between staff, students and parents following mock exams in Year 11. If students are keen to study triple science they should endeavour to secure test scores at 75% or above throughout their work in Year 9, 10 and 11 and ensure they position themselves in the top third of the year group.
SCIENCE IN YEARS 7 AND 8
In Years 7 and 8, a series of topics examine different aspects of Science and students focus on topics covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Throughout this time, students study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living things and how they interact with each other and with the natural environment; the composition, structure and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions, and the concept of matter and its motion, dealing with concepts such as force, energy, mass and charge.