Key Stage 4 Pathways

Triple Science

Triple Science gives students the chance to achieve three separate science qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, instead of the double award Science qualification. It is aimed at students who achieve well in Science and who wish to develop their understanding to a higher level. It is will stretch and challenge our most able students by providing them with a greater depth and range of science study. It is expected that the majority of students in set 1 Science in Year 8 will opt for Triple Science as one of their options, additionally students achieving highly in other sets would be encouraged to apply.

A strong knowledge of mathematics and ability to manipulate data is also required; as well as an ability to be self-motivated and to work independently right from the start of the course. Any students intending to study Science A-Levels and considering careers in medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, engineering or law are encouraged to choose Triple Science.

What will I learn?




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

Space physics

How will I be assessed?

Each of the three qualifications has two exam papers. There is no longer any Science non-examined assessment. Instead students are internally assessed on a number of practical tasks (set by the board) which will be assessed in the form of exam questions in the terminal paper.

What could my next steps be?

All careers and further study use the skills and understanding gained by completing Science GCSE and as such it is a core subject taken by all until the age of 16. However, should students wish to study Science further, achieving high grades for each of the separate Sciences allows them to study separate Sciences at A-Level. Those who have studied Triple Science at GCSE find that the jump from GCSE to A-Level is more manageable and that they are ideally placed to do well on their Post-16 courses. We strongly recommend that students given the option to study Triple Science opt for this qualification.

Mr Wright (Head of Science) -