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KS4 Science Triple Science

Years 10 & 11 - Curriculum Information

The Triple Science GCSE can be obtained in two ways.  The first is for students to complete 9 exams at the end of year 11; 3 Chemistry, 3 Physics and 3 Biology.

The second is to complete GCSEs in Core Science in year 10, and Additional and Further Additional Science in year 11. This option is available to students in summer 2016, but will no longer be available in summer 2017 due to Government changes.  

Current year 10 students will complete the Core Science exams in summer 2015 and the Additional and further Additional in summer 2016.  The content covered in both pathways is exactly the same and are detailed below.

Biology 3

B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells

B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals

B3.3 Homeostasis

B3.4 Humans and their environment

Students must also complete a Biology ISA (practical coursework assessment)

Chemistry 3

C3.1 The periodic table

C3.2 Water

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy change

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative Chemistry

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

Students must also complete a Chemistry ISA (practical coursework assessment)

Physics 3

P3.1 Medical applications of Physics

P3.2 Using Physics to make things work

P3.3 Keeping things moving

Students must also complete a Physics ISA (practical coursework assessment)

In either pathway, students must complete 3 exams in each topic area and an ISA.  This will provide them with a total of 3 science GCSEs.

Key Stage 4 - How parents/carers can support their child

There are a number of ways that you can support your child though their GCSE Science course, including:

- Encouraging them to use BBC Bitesize and GCSEPod for regular revision of topics.  Your child should be revising thoroughly for every end of topic test and final exam.

- Purchasing a revision guide – we recommend the CGP series of books as they cover all of the necessary content in a student friendly way.

- Check that they are completing all homework on time and check their exercise book on a regular basis; have they completed homework?  Have they completed all of their corrections?  Are they receiving praise for excellent work? 

- Contact the Science teacher if there is anything you are concerned about, or require further guidance. 

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