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Double/Combined Science Trilogy (KS4)

*This course will be discontinued. The last cohort to study this course is cohort 2017 (students taking their final GCSE examinations in 2017)

Exam Board:

Double Science GCSE (2 GCSEs)

Coursework 25%
Examination 75%

Outline of course content:

This course will allow natural progression to science A-Levels. Careers which require scientific qualifications include medicine, veterinary science, environmental and conservation work, sports science, and food science. The types of skills developed during this course will include, the ability to plan your own individual science investigation, selecting appropriate apparatus to use, and controlling key variables; to collect accurate data; to analyse and evaluate the data obtained, and the method used.

Areas of study in this qualification include; how human organ systems work to maintain the body; the properties of metals; how rocks and oil are rich raw materials; how electricity is generated; how forces can affect the movement of objects; the way heat can travel; how humans make use of electromagnetic radiation in everyday objects, e.g. mobile 'phones, microwaves; how the processes of respiration and photosynthesis drives life; the structure of the periodic table; how raw materials are used to manufacture important chemical products; the laws of motion; and how components are used to build electrical circuits.
Outline of course structure:
Students will start the Core Science GCSE around January of Year 9 and be examined on this in June of Year 10. Students will then move onto the Additional Science GCSE, which will be examined in June of Year 11.
Students will also complete an Investigative Skills Assessment for each of the GCSEs; one in Year 10, which will make up 25% of the Core Science GCSE grade, and one in Year 11, which will make up 25% of the Additional Science GCSE grade.

For cohort 2018, the following course will be available. This course will commence in January 2016 for Year 9 students who are not studying Triple/Separate Science GCSE:

Combined Science Trilogy

Examination 100%

This course will be examined at the end of Year 11. Students will study an equal amount of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and gain two GCSEs in science. The course comprises 100% exam material with no coursework. The examinations will include questions on sixteen key practicals that students will have studied in normal science lessons. Therefore, excellent attendance throughout the year is imperative so that these key practicals are not missed and the examination score is not compromised. 

Exam Board:

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

Examination 100%

Outline of course content:

  • GCSE Biology:
    • cell biology
    • organisation
    • infection and response
    • Bioenergetics
    • homeostasis and response
    • inheritance, variation and evolution
    • ecology
  • GCSE Chemistry:
    • atomic structure and the periodic table
    • bonding, structure and the properties of matter
    • quantitative chemistry
    • chemical changes
    • energy changes
    • the rate and extent of chemical change
    • organic chemistry
    • chemical analysis
    • chemistry of the atmosphere
    • using resources
  • GCSE Physics:
    • forces
    • energy
    • waves
    • electricity
    • magnetism and electromagnetism
    • particle model of matter
    • atomic structure

Outline of course structure:

  • to plan your own individual science investigation, selecting appropriate apparatus to use and controlling key variables
  • to collect accurate and valid data
  • to analyse and evaluate the data obtained and the method used