There are three different GCSE science pathways during Year 11.
(Please see the description of Year 10 Triple Science).
Triple Science pupils embark on a controlled assessment task during September of Year 11. In January of Year 11, pupils will sit the Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2 GCSE examinations. In May of Year 11, pupils will sit the Biology 3, Chemistry 3 and Physics 3 GCSE examinations. Each examination is 25% of the final GCSE grade. The controlled assessment task provides the final 25% of the marks. All GCSE examinations can be sat at foundation (grades C-G) or higher tier (grades A*-D).
This course is designed for pupils who are considering taking any science A Level.
Pupils study Chemistry from September to November, and then sit the Chemistry 2 examination in January (of Year 11). Foundation (grades C-G) and higher tiers (grades A*-D) are available. Pupils study Biology 2 and Physics 2, sitting these examinations in May (of Year 11). A controlled assessment task is completed during the Autumn Term. Each examination contributes 25% of the final GCSE grade. The final 25% comes from the controlled assessment task.
Additional Applied Science
This course is designed for pupils who are NOT considering following any science A Level course.
Pupils complete two controlled assessment tasks, one based on the work of a scientist, and one based upon a forensics crime scene scenario. The two controlled assessments constitute 60% of the final GCSE grade. There are four topic areas that are examined in the summer of Year 11: food, analysis and detection (forensics), materials and health and fitness. There is one examination in May (of Year 11). Foundation (grades C-G) and higher tiers (grades A*-D) are available.