Students at KS4 are directed onto the appropriate course for their GCSE qualifcations.
All students follow a course encompassing all three areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Depending on suitability, they follow an appropriate course leading to the following qualifications:
AQA Trilogy Science
This is a combined science qualification, which aims to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.
It is similar to the current core and Additional Science GCSEs, and a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs.
AQA Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Students following this GCSE pathway will complete three GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). This course provides an excellent step up to further education in any of the three sciences.
All examinations are now linear; they all occur at the end of year 11. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. In place of controlled assessments are required practicals, which students undertake throughout the course. There are questions relating to these practicals within the exams. Combined Science: Trilogy gives students the option to progress to A-levels in science or other subjects.