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Pupils are placed in one of four academic sets. Sets 1 to 3 will work towards 3 Science GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These sets will cover more topics and work at a faster pace. Set 4 will follow the Trilogy Combined Science course, working towards 2 Science GCSEs. These pupils have less material to cover and so will have more time to reinforce their learning and explore the more difficult concepts. Pupils following the Trilogy course can still progress on to A-level Science courses (provided they meet the entry requirements) and will not be disadvantaged in any way.
The following topics are covered in both GCSE Physics and the Trilogy course (apart from topic 8 which is only covered in Physics). There is also some additional material within topics 1-7 that is only covered in the separate Physics course.
The topics above are covered from the beginning of S3 (Year 9) through to S5 (Year 11).
There is one double period per week in S3 (plus 40 minutes homework). S4 and S5 have one double period (1h 10min) and one single period (35min) per week (plus 1h homework).
Assessment for GCSE Physics will be by two 1 hour 45 min written exam papers taken at the end of the course. Paper 1 covers topics 1-4 and Paper 2 covers topics 5-8. They will also be required to complete 10 required practical activities spread out across the course.
Assessment for the Physics part of the Trilogy GCSE will be by two 1 hour 15 min written exam papers taken at the end of the course. Paper 1 covers topics 1-4 and Paper 2 covers topics 5-7. They will also be required to complete 8 required practical activities spread out across the course.