Science is a compulsory part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum. We are offering two different possible pathways through KS4 Science: Triple Science and Combined Science.
Triple Science: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics
These students will take three GCSEs in Science: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.
This option will be open to all those students who achieve at least Band B in their Year 9 teacher assessed level (If you are not sure if you will have achieved Band B, or if you achieved a Band C please talk to your science teacher about the Triple Science option and whether it would be suitable for you).
To choose Triple Science students need to select this on their Guided Choices form as one of their choices.
Why take Triple Science?
Students who enjoy and are making good progress may opt for Triple Science. Also, if students know that they may wish to study a Science at A Level Triple Science will provide them with a good foundation of knowledge. Students who are aiming for a career in medicine, as a vet, engineer or scientist should seriously consider taking Triple Science.
GCSE Combined Science
For students who do not wish to study Triple Science they will take Combined Science. This is the equivalent of two GCSEs. Within their lessons students will cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science experimental skills. All of the examination papers for both courses will be taken at the end of Year 11.
Assessment for all GCSEs in Science:
Students will be entered for the examination at one of two tiers:
- Higher tier (9-4)
- Foundation tier (5-1)
Further Education and Career Opportunities:
The GCSE Combined Science Course does lead on to A Level studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, however the Triple Science option will provide an excellent preparation for A Level studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There are many careers which require qualifications in Science. These include all branches of engineering, medicine and health care, veterinary work, numerous industries e.g. chemical, pharmaceutical, food and drink.