GCSE Triple Science

This course provides students with three separate GCSE Science qualifications: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Triple Science will be taught across the full two years of Key Stage 4 and contains Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.  As with the Combined Science GCSEs, these units are assessed at the end of Year 11 in Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Triple Science is similar to the combined Science GCSE, but there are extra components to be studied for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules.  There is also a greater depth of study for the Triple Science GCSEs.

Biology 1 covers topics ranging from Cells and Control, through to Health, Disease and Development of Medicines.

Biology 2 covers topics ranging from Plant Structures and their functions, through to Ecosystems and Material Cycles.

Chemistry 1 covers topics ranging from States of Matter, through to Reversible Reactions and Equilibria.

Chemistry 2 covers groups 1, 7 and 0 of the Periodic Table, through to Heat and Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions.

Physics 1 covers topics from Waves, through to Radioactivity.

Physics 2 covers topics from Energy, through to Forces and Matter.

There are a total of 24 assessed practicals for the Triple Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Total assessment time is 10.5 hours for Triple Science.  Practical skills are assessed in the written papers and this is worth 15% of the marks.

There is also a set percentage (20%) of Mathematics in the examination papers.  

Triple Science offers the broadest coverage of Science study at GCSE level; it is a rigorous and challenging course which thoroughly prepares students for further A Level study in Science.  However, Triple Science is NOT required for A Level study.

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