Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, all students start on their GCSE programme of study in either Trilogy Combined Science, which earns two GCSEs, or separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE courses, which each earn a GCSE. Both programmes terminate in exams at the end of Year 11.

Trilogy students will be timetabled for 10 hours of lessons in a fortnight whereas Triple Students have 5 lessons in each subject per fortnight.

Each area of study is broken down into smaller modules, which are assessed after, on average,10 lessons. Students are also required to maintain a practical book, which focuses on content from the lessons but in addition the investigative and maths skills that will be examined in Year 11. Students are given a revision guide to help them and an online access to Kerboodle and GCSEpod to support their learning.

For more information on the Trilogy GCSE, including the exam structure and the specification please use the following links:

Assessment Summary

For more information about the Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE, please use the following links:

Assessment Summary

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KS3 & KS4 Summary

For the Trilogy Combined Science the exams at the end of Year 11 consist of:

  • 2 Biology papers each 1 hour and 15 minutes long and comprising 70 marks each
  • 2 Chemistry paper of the same duration and comprising 70 marks each
  • 2 Physics papers of the same duration and comprising 70 marks each

Each paper is worth 16.7% of the total mark

Students will sit exams at either Foundation of Higher level and questions will include multiple choice, structured questions, closed short answer and open responses

Triple Scientists will sit the following exams at the end of Year 11:

  • 2 Biology papers each of 1 hour and 45 minutes and comprising 100 marks each
  • 2 Chemistry papers of the same duration and comprising 100 marks each
  • 2 Physics papers of the same duration and comprising 100 marks each

The style of questions is the same as for the trilogy GCSE exams.

The practical books are based on a set of practicals that the examination board have identified as being key to students having a rounded understanding of science and how to investigate science.

Whilst Triple Science helps students to prepare for A-level, it is not essential for students to complete this option in order to do A-level. Students can still do A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics having only completed Trilogy Combined Science GCSE and the Triple pathway is not a requirement. There is also an Applied Science course available with slightly lower entry requirements but can still earn UCAS points for university entrance purposes.


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