KS4 GCSE Triple or “Separate” Sciences (9-1)

Year 9 & 10 - GCSE Separate Science (9-1)

GCSE: AQA GCSE Biology (9-1), GCSE Chemistry (9-1) and GCSE Physics (9-1):


AQA GCSE Biology (9-1) - 8461 

AQA GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - 8462

AQA GCSE Physics (9-1) - 8463 

Science Department’s GCSE Parent’s Portal website: https://sites.google.com/view/ricardslodge-gcse/home 

Year 9s: will be starting on topics from this course from September; the introductory modules to each of the three sciences will be covered in Year 9. At this stage, students will not be required to choose Higher or Foundation tiers, or Combined or Triple Science pathways. All students have the opportunity to study content suitable for Higher tier and are taught content common to both Combined and Triple Science.

Students in Year 9 have a dedicated 2 hours per fortnight for each Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and will be learning topics concurrently. They may have different specialist teachers for each Science.

For more detailed information on Year 9 topics, please see the KS3 Science page on the Science Curriculum page.

Year 10s: have already completed some topics of the GCSE course content in Year 9, which were the introductory modules to each of the three sciences. This year, they are entered for either Triple or “Separate” Sciences (3 GCSEs) or Combined Science (2 GCSEs). 

Year 10 Triple students will have 10 lessons per fortnight across all of their Science lessons. They will have different specialist subject teachers for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons.

Triple or “Separate” Science

For the Triple or “Separate” Science pathway, this will result in three separate GCSEs, one for each of the Sciences.   The AQA specifications replace the previous OCR 21st Century Science specifications the Science Department delivered in recent years. Practical work is embedded in all the topics, and is a large part of understanding the content. All practical skills (Required Practicals) will be assessed in the final exams.

Each GCSE course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available as:
Higher ( grades 9 to 4) or Foundation (grades 5 to 1)

The expectation at Ricards Lodge would be that all students entered on the Separate Science course would be expected to achieve on the Higher qualification.


AQA GCSE Biology (9-1) - Specification 8461: 

Two written papers: Modules 1-4 and 5-7
Each of 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and totalling 50% of the final grade.

Biology Paper 1:

  • Module 1 - Cell Biology

  • Module 2 - Organisation

  • Module 3 - Infection and response

  • Module 4 - Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2

  • Module 5 - Homeostasis and response

  • Module 6 - Inheritance, variation and evolution

  • Module 7 - Ecology


AQA GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - Specification 8462: 

Two written papers: Modules 1-5 and 6-10
Each of 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and totalling 50% of the final grade.

Chemistry Paper 1

  • Module 1 - Atomic structure and the periodic table

  • Module 2 - Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

  • Module 3 - Quantitative chemistry

  • Module 4 - Chemical changes

  • Module 5 - Energy changes

Chemistry Paper 2

  • Module 6 - The rate and extent of chemical change

  • Module 7 - Organic chemistry

  • Module 8 - Chemical analysis

  • Module 9 - Chemistry of the atmosphere

  • Module 10 - Using resources

AQA GCSE Physics (9-1) - Specification 8463: 

Two written papers: Modules 1-4 and 5-8
Each of 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and totalling 50% of the final grade.

Physics Paper 1

  • Module 1 - Energy

  • Module 2 - Electricity

  • Module 3 - Particle model of matter

  • Module 4 - Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2

  • Module 5 - Forces

  • Module 6 - Waves

  • Module 7 - Magnetism and electromagnetism

  • Module 8 - Space physics

A Parent’s Portal website is available, which is administered and updated by the Science team. This website contains resources for student revision, skills, and Required Practicals support.  https://sites.google.com/view/ricardslodge-gcse/home 

Final Assessment Overview

Each of the papers will also assess ‘Ideas about Science’ and ‘Practical Skills’— Required Practicals —that the students have carried out over the 3-year course.

The pace of the course is brisk and a large volume of material is covered in each term.
Students are expected to carry out independent study weekly and to ensure that they keep on top of the content, lesson to lesson. This is reflected in the raised entry requirements for the course.

Separate Science will benefit those students wishing to pursue Higher Education courses within medicine, pharmacy, veterinary studies, engineering, pharmaceutics, data analytics, computing amongst many other choices. GCSE Biology, Physics, and Chemistry provide the opportunity to further develop an understanding of scientific explanations, how science works, and an appreciation for relevant careers in Science.

GCSE Separate Science provides distinct and relevant experience for learners who wish to progress to Level 3 qualifications, such as A-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care which are available at RR6.


Mr Malik (Head of Department)