Science GCSE

Double Award (New)

Course Content

This is a double-award resulting in each student being awarded two grades at the end of the course. The GCSE course has been delivered during Year 9 and will continue through to the end of Year 11. The two grades awarded may be different and each will represent the combined results of examination in biology, chemistry and physics. The course covers a range of topics, some of which are quite abstract, others are directly applicable to everyday life, but all will help you to understand how science and its applications are relevant in the real world. Success in this course will provide students with the knowledge base to continue studying sciences at A-Level.


This is a linear course and all examinations are sat at the end of Year 11. There will be 6 exam papers, 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics. Each paper will last 1 hour 15 minutes and will be worth 16.7% of the final grade. Each paper will assess different topics and will comprise a range of question types, from multiple choice to open response.

Triple Award (New) Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Course Content

These are awarded as 3 separate GCSEs, one in each of the stated sciences. All of the content covered in the Trilogy course is covered in the separate sciences, however, additional topics are included which explore each subject in greater detail. All students will cover the same GCSE content throughout Year 9 with the additional topics being introduced at Year 10. Success in this course will provide students with the perfect preparation to continue studying the sciences at A-Level. Students should discuss studying triple science with their science teacher.


There will be 2 exam papers for each science. Each exam will be 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and will represent 50% of the final grade for that subject.


Success in this subject allows students to progress on to Sixth Form A level or Applied A level courses at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, and to achieve good results through these courses. Many of our students progress to take the subject further in higher education.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level