Students will study GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science as part of the core curriculum subjects in KS4

Students can choose to study GCSE Triple Science as one of their option choices.

What will I study as part of GCSE Science?

Year 10

Areas of Study:


  • B1a – Human Biology
  • B1b – Evolution and environment


  • C1a – Products from rocks
  • C1b – Oils, Earth and atmosphere


  • P1a – Energy and energy resources
  • P1b – Radiation and the universe

Year 11

Areas of study:


  • B2a – Cells, plants and enzymes
  • B2b – Homeostasis and inheritance


  • C2a – Atomic structure and bonding
  • C2b – Energy and rates of reactions


  • P2a – Motion, speed and momentum
  • P2b – Electricity and nuclear physics

Year 10/11 Triple Science GCSE

Area of Study:

  • B3 – Exchange of materials, transport and microbiology
  • C3 – Periodic table, acids and bases, chemical detection, water and energy calculations
  • P3 – Turning forces, light and sound, electromagnetism, stars and space

This challenging option ‘tops up’ the compulsory core and additional science to make three GCSE in the separate sciences, Biology Chemistry and Physics. It is ideal for those who want to go on to study science at A-level and degree level.

How will I learn this?

Lessons will be taught in a dedicated science lab, by specialists in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students complete the Core Science GCSE in year 10 and then do the Additional Science GCSE in year 11.

Triple Science students sit Biology GCSE in year 10 and complete the Chemistry and Physics GCSEs in year 11.

What is the exam format?

Final examinations:

All examinations are 1 hour and are completed during the exam period.

  • Core Science students sit 3 exam papers: Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1.
  • Additional Science students sit 3 exam paper: Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2.
  • Triple Science students sit 2 exams papers for each GCSE:Chemistry: C1, C2 and C3
  • Exam Board : AQA
  • Students also complete an ISA controlled assessment for each GCSE. This is done in class and counts for 25% of each Science GCSE. Students may be given several opportunities to complete an ISA.
  • Individual Skills Assignments (ISA)
  • Physics: P1, P2 and P3
  • Biology: B1, B2 and B3

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

We run trips for Triple Science students as part of their course, in year 10 we visit Thorpe Park to look at the Physics of roller coasters and year 11 attend a day of lectures at ‘GCSE Science Live’.

What careers or courses might this lead to?

Triple Science GCSE option is perfect for anyone looking to take science A-levels at college or a potential degree/career in science. It provides a significant extension in scientific content, and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and applications of science, which lead to industrial engineering, medicine and biotechnology.

Students with the Core and Additional Science GCSEs may also be able to study Science subjects at A ‘level. Those preferring a more vocational approach may also consider courses such as BTEC Diploma in Forensic Science or Applied Science.

Careers to consider could include medicine, veterinary, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, research, laboratory work, forensics, engineering, architecture, environmental science, biochemistry, astrophysics, utilities, conservation or animal care

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

Y11 Combined and Core Science information 2017-18

Y11 Triple Science information 2017-18

SAM Learning

Fast Papers

BBC GCSE Bitesize

AQA Exam Board