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Science: Triple Award

GCSE

Studying Triple Science enables separate qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to be obtained.

All Wymondham College students follow a common course throughout Year 9, allowing suitability for courses to be refined at the end of the Year 9. Any student who would like to do Triple Science should be on target to gain the equivalent of at least a current grade 5 by the end of Year 9 and be judged suitable of being able to cope with the demands of the course by his/her teacher. Studying Triple Science is not a requirement for studying A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Following this course requires a great deal of commitment and the workload must not be underestimated. The content is above and beyond the scope of the Combined Science course, requires good mathematical problem solving aptitude and the ability to think about problems in a number of different contexts. There is also a demand to understand the more conceptual areas of science. A good Triple Science student will not only be academically able, but have a keen interest in the world of science and scientific discoveries.

Assessments
Students will carry out 8 key practicals per science. At least 15% of the marks on the exam papers will be based on work done in these practicals.

Exam content: 2 Biology papers, 2 Chemistry papers and 2 Physics papers - 1 hour 15 minutes per paper. Each paper is 16.7% of the final grade GCSE.

The course is worth two GCSE grades from 9-9 1-1.

Progression
A solid understanding of the sciences and how we arrived at the knowledge we have now is essential to understanding the rapidly moving advancements of the modern world.

Science is not just about accumulation of knowledge, it is also about understanding the Scientific Method,which allows us to make new discoveries about the world around us and beyond. Students who follow the Triple Science course will gain a deeper understanding of everything from what is inside an atom to the forces that shape the universe and everything in between. Triple Science students, especially are encouraged to make links between the different sciences, rather than see them operating independently of each other. Whether it be a future in A Level sciences, or just that you have an interest in how the world around you works, the Triple Award Science GCSE is an engaging and rewarding qualification.

Science (Triple Award) Course Content

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitive chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry and the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and elecromagnetism
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