AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Triple Science allows pupils to obtain a GCSE grade for each of the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils considering this course should have a specific interest in science and are perhaps considering a scientific or technical career. These are linear courses, leading to 3 GCSE grades at the end of U5, each on a 1-9 scale (with 9 being the highest). There are six written papers of one hour forty-five minutes each: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers is worth 50% of a GCSE and will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Written papers are offered at both Higher tier and Foundation tier. We expect that most pupils will be entered for Higher tier, which assesses grades of 4 to 9.
These courses have an emphasis on ‘scientific literacy’ as well as scientific content. In addition to studying a body of scientific knowledge, importance is attached to scientific skills and an understanding of how science works in the world at large as well as in the laboratory.
There is no formally assessed practical coursework. Knowledge and understanding of practical work is examined in the written papers in which at least 15% of marks will be from practical knowledge of all three sciences. Pupils have to complete twenty-four compulsory practical activities, but they are not formally assessed.
These topics have commonality with the combined science topics, but are taught and examined in greater depth.
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- 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
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure