Seperate Science (year 9)

SEPARATE SCIENCE (‘Triple Science’)

Entry to this course is by teacher recommendation.

All students start their GCSE course in year 9 either on the Separate Science (‘triple’) route or on the Combined Science (‘double’) route.  At the end of year 9 students who were initially placed into one of the separate science classes have the option of continuing on this route by selecting science as one of their option subjects.

In order to select science as an option subject and remain on the separate science route, a student will need to have achieved at least a Grade 6 average in each of their Biology, Chemistry and Physics assessments from this year.  Additionally, as there will only be a limited number of places available, class participation and work ethic will also be taken into consideration, should the course be oversubscribed.

Selecting science as an option subject is the only way in which a student can continue on the separate science route.  Should a student currently in a separate science class not make this selection, they will be moved across into a combined science teaching group in September of year 10.

Why should I select separate science as an option?

If you are already thinking about university and careers and are interested in science based degrees and jobs, then it is worth considering taking separate science GCSEs.

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.

However, it is important to remember that you are not required to take separate sciences in order to continue with science A Levels.  A good pair of GCSE grades on the combined science route will enable you to move on to any of the A level sciences.

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Mrs L Watt