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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Triple Science

This course broadens the Biology, Chemistry and Physics areas that are studied in Core Science and Additional Science. This option leads to three awards – GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

Course Outline
Biology 3 – includes osmosis, circulation, kidneys, use of microbes, etc.
Chemistry 3 – includes titrations, solubility, chemical energy, etc.
Physics 3 – includes forces, lenses, sound, electricity, magnetism, etc.


  • 3 x 60 minutes written papers = 75%. Actual GCSE exams are held in January and in May/June.
  • Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA) based on research, investigative work and two practical skills exam paper = 25%. Held during October, December and in January.

There are two tiers of assessment for the Additional Science course. These are foundation tier (grades G-C) and higher tier (grades D-A*). The Investigative Skills Assessment papers are not tiered.

Post 16 Progression
The Triple Science course helps to develop essential skills that are needed at Further and Higher (University) Education, e.g. research, analysis, and application. Triple Science is an excellent starting point for anybody interested in studying any ‘A’ levels, especially in the various Science areas.

Career Options
Triple Science GCSEs are a necessity for all pupils wishing to study medicine, dentistry, dietetics, microbiology, occupational therapy, podiatry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, veterinary surgery, psychology, radiography, surgery and many more. A triple Science qualification is also very highly regarded in the general world of work.