All students study Double Science (Trilogy) or Triple Science (also known as Separate Sciences). The Science department will recommend which option you should study.
Those students who are working well, enjoy the sciences, need science for their future career (if they already know) and staff feel have the drive and commitment necessary to be successful on the course, will be recommended to study Triple Science, unless it causes a problem with other option choices.
Lessons will be taught by subject specialists and the content of the Triple Science course provides the perfect foundation for those students wishing to study any of the Sciences at A Level. It is highly unlikely that a student studying Combined Science instead of Triple Science will be able to study an A-Level science course, as the demand is so high, so any student considering A-Level sciences should opt for Triple Science.
Triple Science is essential for students wishing to pursue a career in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Optometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and many others at degree level. Competition is so fierce for these courses, that universities now check GCSE results as part in their selection process.
Practical work still forms a very important part of both GCSEs, however, it is now formally assessed on each exam, rather than by controlled assessment.
There will be 14 hours of lessons per fortnight allocated to the study of Triple Science and students will leave school with three Science GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Combined Science (Trilogy) qualification will be allocated 9 hours of lessons per fortnight and students will leave school with two Science GCSEs.
If you are not sure which course you should take, or whether or not Triple Science would be the right choice for you, please make sure you speak to one of your Science teachers as soon as possible. We need to ensure that your current level of attainment and attitude to the study and the subject, are suitable to ensure your success.
Details of the specification for both Triple Science and Combined Science can be
found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse.