Exam board: AQA

Course: Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE (‘triple’ award – worth 3 GCSEs)

Students with a particular interest and aptitude for science have the option of being entered for the three separate science GCSEs by selecting this as one of their option courses. All applications will be discussed within the science team and final decisions regarding suitability for the course will be made on the basis of current academic progress and effort in lessons.

On this route students will have 14 lessons a fortnight, designated as biology, chemistry or physics lessons, taught by three subject specialists.


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


  • 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

At the end of year 11 students will complete 6 written exam papers, two in each of the sciences, each 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. In place of coursework students will complete a number of exam board set required practicals which could be examined in the written papers. Good attendance is therefore important as it would be difficult to independently catch up on any of these practicals should they be missed. 

At the end of the course students will be awarded 3 GCSE grades.

Separate Sciences

Combined Science Trilogy

Study biology, chemistry and physics in separate timetabled lessons

Study biology, chemistry and physics on a rotational basis

14 lessons per fortnight

10 lessons per fortnight

Three specialist science teachers – one from each scientific discipline

Two specialist science teachers

Complete the course with 3 GCSEs

Complete the course with 2 GCSEs

Assessed 100% by written exam at the end of year 11

Assessed 100% by written exam at the end of year 11

6 written exams each 1 hour 45 minutes

6 written exams each 1 hour 15 minutes

Additional content to provide students with further scientific insight in preparation for ‘A’ Level

Fundamental science content as set out by the national curriculum


The separate science GCSE course provides a successful entry route for students wishing to study ‘A’ Level science as well as developing a wide range of transferable skills, such as written communication and the ability to analyse and solve problems.


For further information see

Mrs Watt (Director of Science)

Mr Arklay (Deputy Director of Science)

Mrs Redmond (Head of Biology)

Ms Thomas (Head of Chemistry)

Ms Chowdhary (Head of Physics)


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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map