Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

In Year 10, all students start on their GCSE programme of study in either the Trilogy Combined Science course which earns two GCSEs  or separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE course which each earn a GCSE.

Both programmes terminate in exams at the end of Year 11.

During Year 10 on the Trilogy and triple schemes of work, students will study the following modules:

  • Biology – Cells and Organisation and Disease and Bioenergetics Biology,
  • Chemistry  - Atoms, bonding and Moles and Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes
  • Physics – Energy and Energy Resources, Particles at Work and Forces in Action

In Year 11, students will move on to:

  • Biology – Biological Responses, Genetics and Reproduction and Ecology
  • Chemistry – Rates, equilibrium and Organic Chemistry and Analysis and the Earth’s Resources
  • Physics – Forces in Action and Waves and Electromagnetism

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, about 10 lessons. Students are also required to maintain a practical book which focuses on content from the lessons but as importantly the science skills 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 of what is covered click here >

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

Biology >

Chemistry >

Physics >

Key Stage 3 and 4 summary

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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

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 triple (whilst helping to prepare them for this path) is not essential.


Year 7 Core Parent Information Evening September 20th 7pm.
Come along and find out exactly what Year 7 English, Maths and Science lessons are like.
Find out about Show My Homework, about daily routines, about which books to use and equipment to have.
A great evening for parents ONLY! Bring a pen.