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Head of Department: Mr J Woodley
Email: [email protected]
Examination Board: AQA
Some students will study for 3 GCSE grades in science. Students will be awarded one GCSE for each subject, biology, chemistry and physics, on completion at the end of year 11. The time required to complete this course will use an option block to access extra lessons to ensure the boys have an appropriate amount of allocated time to fully embed the difficult concepts covered in this course. Students will receive 15 lessons of Science per fortnight; 5 lessons of the 15 will be covering biology, 5 chemistry and 5 physics. Students will have a specialist teacher for each of these 3 areas of science. We will use data from the boys’ attitude to learning, homework and attainment to decide on whether this is an appropriate route on an individual basis. Most boys who opt for this pathway have traditionally been in sets 1, 2 or 3 in year 8. Although the common trait linked to the boys with the most success is an excellent attitude to their learning both in and out of the classroom. The students will complete a minimum of 8 designated practicals, for each science, which cover apparatus and techniques set by the Department for Education (DfE).
At the end of year 11 there are six papers each 1 hour 45 minutes long: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
Each paper will include closed questions, structured questions and questions needing longer answers and will contribute 50% towards the final grade of each science.
15% of the marks for each paper are related to the designated practical work. Maths to be assessed on each science: biology 10%, chemistry 20% and physics 30%)
Triple Science is a demanding academic course which will prepare the boys for pursuing Science at A Level and beyond. This qualification develops a variety of key skills that can be used in all areas of working life beyond education. Separate sciences may be required for the most sought after universities or very competitive courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.