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Aspects of all three Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, must be studied at GCSE in order to fulfil National Curriculum requirements.


There are two options available for students:

  1. Students gain two GCSE Science grades


  1. Students can opt for a wider breadth of Science by taking the three separate Science GCSEs (Triple Science). 


Students are advised to discuss these options with their Science teachers.  Whichever alternative is chosen, lessons are taught by specialist staff in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Both routes contain the same level of challenge, allowing students to fulfil their potential and both are suitable for progression to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics following a good performance at Higher Level.


Option 1 - GCSE “Combined Science: Trilogy” (AQA):


This route allows students to keep their options open and to study a wider range of other subjects at GCSE (approximately half of our students usually choose this option).  This Combined Science course consists of equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; it is taught as separate subjects and all the exams will be at the end of Year 11.  By following this route, students will obtain two GCSE grades in “Combined Science: Trilogy”.

(Please note that we do not offer the GCSE in “Combined Science: Synergy” which is an Integrated Science course and not suitable as a basis for studying A-level in the future).


Option 2 - Triple Science - GCSEs in “Biology”, “Chemistry” and “Physics” (AQA):


For those students who have proven ability in Science and are considering a university course or career in the Sciences, then the separate Science GCSEs are recommended.  This will mean that they will obtain three GCSE grades, one each in “Biology”, “Chemistry” and “Physics”, each of which may be a different grade.  This is the best option for students who are likely to take Science A-Levels.