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Head of Science: Mr J Woodley
Email: [email protected]
Examination Board: AQA (GCSE Double Award)
Any student not following the ‘Triple Science’ pathway will study for 2 GCSE grades in ‘Combined Science: Trilogy’.
Students will receive 9 lessons of science per fortnight; 3 lessons of the 9 will be covering biology, chemistry and physics. Students will have a specialist teacher for each area.
The students will complete a minimum of 16 designated practicals for ‘Combined Science’ which cover apparatus and techniques set by the Department for Education (DfE).
At the end of year 11 there are six papers each 75 minutes long: 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
Each paper carries an equal weighting towards the final grade and will include closed questions, structured questions and questions needing longer answers.
15% of the marks for each paper are related to the designated practical work.
The level of maths being assessed in science has increased. Maths to be assessed on ‘Combined Science: Trilogy’: 20% (1:2:3 ratio for biology, chemistry and physics).
‘Combined Science: Trilogy’ provides a platform for progression to A Level Science, other further education courses can lead to work in a range of sectors such as paramedicine, pharmaceutical industry, laboratory, health and social work. This qualification develops a variety of key skills that can be used in all areas of working life beyond education.