GCSE Separate Sciences & Combined Science: Triology

Keswick School follow two science routes at GCSE.  The route chosen will be determined by pupil ability and aspiration which is assessed at the end of Year 9, through KS3 exams and teacher recommendations.  Typically around 80% of our students are entered for separate sciences and 20% for combined sciences: trilogy.

Separate science students will be taught in sets according to their ability and all receive 14 science lessons per fortnight which are split between the three science subjects.  Students are taught by subject specialists and have a separate teacher for biology, chemistry and physics.  All examinations are at the end of Year 11 leading to three GCSE qualifications.  GCSE biology, chemistry and physics each have two papers of 1 hour 45 minutes, leading to a grade in each subject from 1 to 9.

Combined science: trilogy students receive 9 science lessons per fortnight which are split between three science subjects.  Students are still taught by subject specialists and have a separate teacher for biology, chemistry and physics.  All examinations are at the end of Year 11.  Each science will have two papers of 1 hour and 15 minutes, the marks from which are pooled together to give two GCSE qualifications from 1-1 to 9-9.