GCSE Science

AQA GCSE Science

  • Suitable for all students, regardless of ability or confidence levels.
  • Science is a required element
  • Needed for most college courses and apprenticeships
  • Contains opportunities for practical experimental activities
  • Well received at colleges and university

What will I study & how will I be assessed? 

The course is taught in specific Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics which are assessed by two 1 hour 15 minute examinations for each subject specialism (6 examinations in total). Developing practical scientific skills and carrying out experiments safely are an expectation of the course and are also assessed in the final examinations.  

Biology topicsCells, Organisation in living things, Infections and response, Energy in living things, Homeostasis and responding to our environment, Inheritance and evolution, Ecology 

Physics topics: Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, the Particle model, Atomic structure  

Chemistry topics: Atoms and the periodic table, Bonding, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical change, Energy changes, Rate of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources 

 What will I do in lessons? 

There are five lessons per week. These include scientific investigations which encourage critical thinking about how science works and how we can learn whether something is a fact, an opinion or whether we just can’t tell with the information we have. Learning concrete scientific theory then enables us to (ask and answer) the “whys?” and “hows?” about the practicals and the world around us.   

Where can Science take me? 

Science is an integral aspect of many college/university courses such as: all Medical careers, Veterinary sciences and animal care, architecture, all types of Engineering (mechanical, clothing/textile, electrical, plumbing, construction, chemical, aeronautical, energy), Computer Science, Teaching (primary & secondary), Research, Forensics, Conservationist and loads more!  

For more information, please email Ms Greenfield.

Click here to view the exam board specification. 

Triple Science (GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) 

What will I study & how will I be assessed? 

Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Triple science follows all of the Trilogy Science. It also has additional topics such as space physics within the physics award and additional material throughout the topics covered in Trilogy.

Triple Science will be assessed in the following way:

2 x 1.75 hour exams each worth 50% of the Biology qualification.

2 x 1.75 hour exams each worth 50% of the Chemistry qualification.

2 x 1.75 hour exams each worth 50% of the Physics qualification.

Each exam will be made up of multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions.

There will be 16 required practical’s to undertake over the 2 years and these will be assessed by questions within the exams.

 What will I do in lessons? 

Lessons will offer a range of ways to learn including: practical investigation, independent research, group work and use of ICT in both simulations and research. You will be required to do a lesson after school every Wednesday.

Where can Triple Science take me? 

Triple Science is the preferred qualification of colleges for those students who wish to study A Levels in the sciences. This then leads onto science degrees such as Medicine, Engineering and ‘The Sciences’.  

Click here to view the exam board specification for Biology

Click here to view the exam board specification for Chemistry

Click here to view the exam board specification for Physics