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 Post subject: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:09 pm 
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My son is doing triple science, AQA board. He has exams in June of this year (year 10) then 2 lots in June of next year (year11) to make up a triple award.

He says this is core, additional and triple, but I can't find this specification on the AQA website - they have Science A, Science B and lots of other sciences - does anyone know which are the relevant specifications ?

As he is my fourth I should be better than this by now, however none of my others showed any interest in what they were doing :oops:

Thank you .


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:16 pm 
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aaagh - know the feeling LFH - couldn't ever get my head around it. Think you need to look at core, additonal and further additional..

http://www.sciencelab.org.uk/gcses/furt ... glance.php


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:19 pm 
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Weird though - core must be science A then....thanks Herman

It's all weird - no C3,B3 and the other 3 whatever that is (P ?_


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:23 pm 
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hmm just had another look - seems that there have been multiple changes - come to think of it my 2 did the GCSEs 3 years apart and have done v different things. There is this: http://www.sciencelab.org.uk/gcses/chemistry-unit-4.php

possible that doing some of this leads to the double award as it did before...


Help we need someone who really knows what they are talking about :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Ha ha - this is poor. He was confident he was doing individual Physics, Chemistry and Biology but after a chat with one of the teachers today, he is bewildered. As am I, I hasten to add. :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:30 pm 
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It's an 'exam board wriggle' to avoid having to do 9 exams at the end of Year 11.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:36 pm 
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Do you know I believe that website has changed in the last half an hour or I'm going mad. All I could find was stuff about 'My World'

Best to leave it to the kids, tbh . Thanks G55 and Herman, it seems clearer now.

He was wittering on though about if you retake one papaer you also have to retake the controlled assessment, do you know if that's correct ?


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:25 pm 
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I think this may still be the way it is done with the units:

B1 B2 B3- full biology gcse
P1 p2 p3- full physics gcse
C1 c2 c3 - full chemistry gcse

B1 + p1 + c1 = additional science

I'm not sure about what core is though :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:39 pm 
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I have to say it is very confusing, he doesn't know where he is. At least with my others they knew what exams they were taking :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Science
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:50 pm 
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I think this is how it works.

Core: Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1.

Additional: The above, plus Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Physics 2.

Triple: Both of the above, plus Biology 3, Chemistry 3, Physics 3.

If you do triple, you get three GCSEs, one in Biology (B1 + B2 + B3), one in Chemistry (ditto) and one in Physics (ditto).

At least that's how it works for my DD, who is in Year 11 and doing the AQA spec.


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