There are two separate pathways during Year 10.
Pupils can opt for Triple Science at the end of Year 9. Pupils have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with three separate science teachers. There are 14 lessons in total (per two week timetable cycle). Pupils can attain separate grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE at the end of Year 11.
At the end of Year 10, pupils sit examinations in Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1. Each exam is 25% of the final GCSE grade. Foundation examinations (grades C-G) and higher examinations (grades A*-D) are available.
The triple science pathway is designed for pupils who are considering studying A Levels in any of the sciences. The course has proved increasingly popular and is usually oversubscribed. A commitment to independent home study is essential.
Mrs Goulden (Biology), Mr Gray (Chemistry) and Mr Wallace (Physics) usually teach the Triple Science course.
Science A (Core Science)
The majority of Year 10 pupils do not opt for Triple Science and study Science A. They attain a complete GCSE qualification at the end of Year 10. Pupils will be taught by two science teachers, and will have 9 lessons (per two week timetable cycle).
Pupils are usually taught Physics from September to November, and then sit the Physics 1 GCSE examination in January (of Year 10). Biology and Chemistry are studied between November and June. Pupils sit the Biology 1 and Chemistry 1 GCSE examinations in June (of Year 10). A controlled assessment takes place in three parts, throughout Year 10. Each examination contributes 25% to the Year 10 GCSE grade. The final 25% comes from the controlled assessment. Examinations can be sat at foundation (grades C-G) or higher tier (grades A*-D).
Both GCSE Science pathways require significant commitment to revision. We recommend that your son/daughter buys a WJEC revision guide and develops effective home study skills.