Separate Science (year 8)


Outline of the Course

We ask that students register their interest in taking separate science by selecting it as one of their option courses. A final decision will then be made by their teacher, taking into account their current academic progress and effort.

Separate science is not a requirement for entry onto any of our A level courses.

Students with a particular interest and aptitude in science may opt to study Separate Science (‘triple’) GCSEs by selecting science as one of their option subjects. In doing so, students will achieve three separately graded science GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.

Specification content


  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Key ideas


  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources


  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics

Assessment Methods

Six terminal exam papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics, each 1 hour 45 minutes long and equally weighted. The questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. During the course, students will conduct 28 required practicals that are assessed via questions on the terminal exam papers.

Study Implications/Requirements

This is an academically rigorous course and so students must be prepared to work hard and will need to revise thoroughly for our regular internal exams as well as the external GCSE examinations.

Students will need to demonstrate safe and well-organised approaches in practical lessons, using apparatus skilfully. Good attendance is of the utmost importance, as there are no opportunities for the ‘required practicals’ to be repeated. It cannot, therefore, be stressed enough how important good attendance is throughout the course and family holidays in school time should certainly be avoided.

What can I do with a Science Qualification?

You will develop a wide range of mathematical, spoken and written communication skills as well as improving your ability to work with others, to analyse and solve problems and to take charge of your own learning. These are all important transferable skills that all employers look for. Science qualifications open up a very wide range of opportunities and are useful irrespective of what you intend to do in future life.

A good grade at GCSE will help you to move on to an A level, a vocational course or a job of your choice.

If you enjoy GCSE in the sciences, you might want to continue with the biology, chemistry or physics, or study a closely related subject such as psychology. Many of our students choose to take several of the above courses in the sixth form.

For further information see

Mrs L Watt