GCSE Triple Science

Examination Board – AQA Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (8461, 8462 and 8463)

What Will I Learn?

When studying Double Science, students will get an overview of the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In Triple Science, we have the opportunity to dig deeper into the detail of some of these areas of study, and also to explore some topics which are not covered at all in the Double Science course.

Triple Science is no more difficult than Double Science. The option time combines with the core Science time, such that students study 7 hours one week and 8 hours the next week of Science (usually evenly split between the three subjects, averaging 2.5 hours per week of each). The three  Science subjects are each delivered by a specialist teacher for Biology, Chemistry, or Physics as appropriate.

For this reason, Triple Science is most suitable for students with a very strong interest in Science.

How Am I Assessed?

Each of the disciplines involves two examinations of 1 hour, 45 minutes each. Foundation and Higher tier papers are available. All papers include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions, and the topics are split evenly between the papers. For instance, Physics 1 covers topics 1-4 and Physics 2 covers topics 5-8. Each paper is 100 marks, and students receive three totally independent grades, one for each discipline.

What Career Options Do I Have?

Although not essential to study A-level science, or science courses at University, Triple Science can provide an advantage in these areas due to the increased depth in which the curriculum can be studied. Additionally, students who are particularly strong in one discipline can see this reflected in their results if they study Triple Science, whereas in Double Science, the grade awarded is an average of all three areas.