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Monday, 30 January 2012 09:38

Welcome to the Science Department.

Core and Additional Science


All year 10 students start a curriculum where they follow both Core and if successful, Additional Science without one of their option blocks being used up.

In addition pupils who will be in maths and English year 10 sets 1-4, who wish to pursue A-levels in the Sciences’ are now offered the opportunity to study triple science as one of their option blocks.  This will result in a student achieving 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics instead of 2 combined science GCSE’s in the form of Core and Additional Science.

If students do not opt for triple science, they will follow Core Science course from Easter of Year 9 through into year 10 and then Additional Science in year 11.  Both core and additional sciences will be taught by specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers, with 2 lessons per fortnight in each subject.  We follow the AQA scheme.

GCSE Core Science covers the foundations of GCSE level Biology, Chemistry and Physics placing an emphasis on not just learning theory but understanding the practical side of Science and its relation to the world in which we live.  Coursework will play an important part in the teaching and assessment of pupils and will contribute up to 25% of the total marks available at GCSE.  At the end of year 10 students should have achieved 1 GCSE in Core Science. Students who achieve a grade C will continue onto additional science

GCSE Additional Science allows pupils to explore Science to a greater depth.  It provides pupils with more knowledge and a deeper understanding in the three subject areas of Science.  Again, aspects of ‘How Science Works’ are integrated into 3 teaching units, taught in Y11.  Coursework will again contribute up to 25% of the total marks available at GCSE.  Although the 3 sciences are taught separately the final grade will reflect the culminated score from the 3 subjects.  Additional Science does cover sufficient content to allow a student to continue studying a Science at A-level provided they achieve satisfactory grades (B+ grade in Additional and Maths is required).

We will review the most appropriate pathway for pupils who fail to achieve a grade C in core science at the end of Year 10.

Head of Department:  Mrs E. Caple

Triple Science


By choosing Triple Science as an option pupils will study for 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The 3 courses will start at Easter of year 9 and run concurrently throughout year 10 resulting in 3 separate grades at the end of year 11.


The course builds up the core science principles in year 9/10 and then stretches pupils through a more in depth study of key scientific principles in year 11.  The course combines practical work and theory with ‘How science works’.  Coursework, in the form of ISA’s makes up 25% of each GCSE.


Triple science covers all the material of core and additional science and then takes the next step into extension topics such as ‘Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters’, ‘Structure of eye and vision correction’ and ‘Human effects on the environment’.  These topics will provide an excellent bridge between GCSE and A-level Sciences.  It is the right choice for naturally inquisitive students who want to be challenged and have the desire to find out more about the scientific fundamentals of the world we live in.  It is the right choice for students who wish to pursue any of the A-level Sciences and/or those who have a desire to follow a career in the Sciences.


Triple science is a more demanding course than double science and is designed for the more academic pupils, therefore students opting for Triple Science need to have achieved at least a level 6 in Science by the end of the KS3 course in year 9. Due to timetabling constraints students opting for triple science must also be in the upper band in year 10 and so we are restricted to students from year 10 sets 1-4 (Maths and English).


Triple science satisfies the two Science requirements for the new English Baccalaureate award.


The separate sciences are all terminal assessment courses, so students will sit all exams in the final summer of Year 11.


Head of Department: Mrs. E. Caple

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