We follow the AQA GCSE suite of science qualifications. Triple Science is an option subject with two classes in each year, 12 periods per fortnight. The rest of the cohort study Core Science in year 10 and Additional Science in year 11, 9 periods per fortnight. We also offer BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science as an additional qualification for some students.
Students will be following the AQA Core science GCSE Science A.
In 2015, year 10 students will complete their Core science GCSE by February half term and then start preparation for the science GCSE in the spring. At the end of the year students will start preparation for the Additional science which will be taken in Summer 2016.
Students will be selected for triple science or BTEC science based on their Year 10 Core science summer result.
Students entering year 10 in 2016 will continue with the new Science GCSE.
Most students will be following the AQA Additional science GCSE
Students studying for the additional science exam will complete their learning by February half term and then start preparation for the final exams.
Some students will be also be studying for AQA Further additional science GCSE and they will complete this learning by Easter 2016 and then spend the remaining weeks preparing for the exams.
A few students will be studying for BTEC First in Applied Science. This route involves 75% course work and 25% exams. The topics are similar to those studied in Additional Science but are more contextualized.
Students entering year 11 in 2017 will follow the same route as outlined above, however those entering in 2018 will take their terminal exam in the summer with the new 1-9 grading system.
AQA Science A 4406
6 x 30 minute objective tests – 75%
AQA Additional Science 4409
3 x 45 minutes written exams
AQA Triple Science
Chemistry 4402 a combination of objective tests and written exam
All subjects have 25% Internal Skills Assessment (ISA)
Year 10 as of September 2012 will follow the above suite of exams as a linear course:
Students taking the combined Science A route 2 (units 4,5 & 6) will sit their first GCSE Core Science A -at the end of Year 10 in summer 2013
They will then sit their GCSE Additional Science in summer 2014.
Triple Science option students will also follow a linear course (units 1,2,3 & 4) and the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics exams will be taken in summer 2014. However, triple Science students will also take the Core Science A linear exam at the end of Year 10 in summer 2013.
Year 11 as of September 2012 are following the same suite of exams but are studying the module course.
Additional unit 5 will be taken in January 2013 & units 4 & 6 will be taken in June 2013
Triple Science students will sit Chemistry & Physics units 2 in January 2013 and Biology, Chemistry & Physics units 3 & 4 in summer 2013.