AQA trilogy GCSE 8464
Science is a core subject. All pupils study all three sciences in Years 10 and 11 and are taught by a subject specialist in each. The year group is put into sets (based on end of Year 9 exam results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and the top 40% (approximately) study separate sciences: Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The remainder take Trilogy Science. All pupils get the same time allocation for Science lessons, so the pupils doing Trilogy have to cover less content in the same time, which leads to a greater understanding of the work they do cover, leading to higher grades.
The Trilogy course is graded 99-11 and counts as two GCSE equivalents. There are six 1¼ hour exam papers – two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The AQA trilogy course is a new GCSE. All the exams are terminal – they all happen at the end of Year 11 and there is no coursework. There are a number of required practicals. The exams for Trilogy come in Foundation and Higher tiers. The course covers the foundational concepts and applications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics providing a sufficient grounding for the A Level Sciences. We are more than happy to take successful pupils from Trilogy Higher tier into A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Trilogy course is comprised of approximately two thirds of the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.