Starting in Y9, the majority of pupils will study AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy, this is double award, equivalent to two GCSEs.
The syllabus covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and includes a total of 21 required practicals which are completed in lessons and assessed during the examinations. Knowledge and understanding from each topic area is assessed through six terminal exams, two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics papers, each 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration.
All GCSE science pupils study:
- Cell biology – incorporating bioenergetics
- Plant biology
- Infection and Response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
- Quantitative Chemistry
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic Chemistry
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
11Sc1 will study three separate sciences, AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry and AQA GCSE Physics. Each syllabus contains extended modules with more content, studied in greater depth, GCSE Physics also contains an extra module, Space Physics.
There are 10 required practical activities for Biology, 8 for Chemistry and 10 for Physics, all are completed in lessons and assessed during the examinations. Each GCSE is assessed through two terminal examinations which are 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.