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Science GCSE - can anyone help with a query please?

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GCSEconfusion Sat 15-Nov-14 13:31:53

Ds is in Year 10 and is to take triple science which will result in 2 GCSE's. Bearing in mind that half a term has gone already does anyone know how many hours of lessons/homework time would be required for this? Thanks

debjud Sat 15-Nov-14 13:39:59

Surely 3 GCSE's? (Sorry, don't know the answer you're looking for - others will)

mumsneedwine Sat 15-Nov-14 13:47:05

My year 10 doing triple science has 14 hours of science a fortnight. No idea on homework as she deals with that herself. And triple will mean GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics as separate subjects. 2 GCSEs would be double science ?

LIZS Sat 15-Nov-14 13:49:33

Triple will result in 3 GCSE grades. At dc school the same amount of lesson time is allocated for either double or triple but the decision as to which is taken is only made towards end of year10.

GCSEconfusion Sat 15-Nov-14 13:55:15

I believe you study chemistry, biology and physics and can achieve Science and Additional Science GCSE's

LIZS Sat 15-Nov-14 13:56:23

That's doesn't sound like triple science.

samsonthecat Sat 15-Nov-14 14:00:06

That's double award science. Core and additional. In my school year 10 and 11 have 10 hours a fortnight for double science. I hope that helps.

OddBoots Sat 15-Nov-14 14:00:32

That's double science, it's just that it is made up of all the three subjects.

It's usually about 5-6 hour a week teaching and 1-3h a week homework depending on how difficult the particular student finds it. All approximate, some schools do more, some do less.

TheFirstOfHerName Sat 15-Nov-14 14:00:45

I believe you study chemistry, biology and physics and can achieve Science and Additional Science GCSE's
That's double science, not triple.
With triple science, you end up with a GCSE in Physics, a GCSE in Chemistry and a GCSE in Biology.

GCSEconfusion Sat 15-Nov-14 14:13:00

Hmm, thanks all. I guess three 40 minute lessons a week with no homework isn't going to be sufficient then hmm

OddBoots Sat 15-Nov-14 14:22:22

That's not likely to be enough alone but if the child and parent are motivated then they can find a way, for example like this.

Alonglongway Sat 15-Nov-14 14:27:23

just checked with DD2 who is also in year 10 doing triple science - they do 2 of the 3 subjects at a time on a rotating arrangement. So this term is 2 hours a week each of chemistry and physics, with an hour each for homework

She said 4 hours a week feels like barely enough

catslife Sat 15-Nov-14 15:18:09

2 GCSEs i.e. Core and Additional Science is Double Award Science OP.
At dds school they have 10 hours a fortnight for Double Science and 15 hours a fortnight for Triple teaching time.
Homework is approx half an hour per option per week.
So Double Science approx 1 hour a week.
Triple Science approx half an hour on Chem, Biology and Physics per week.

TalkinPeace Sat 15-Nov-14 17:04:29

What else is on her timetable that she is only getting 3 science a week
but yes the no homework sounds incredibly unlikely

GCSEconfusion Sat 15-Nov-14 19:27:10

Can I ask how many hours of lessons per week is the norm for Maths and English GCSE's please.
Ds is in a specialist school which was selected because of their assurances that they could cater for GCSE's. I am now worried that they may not be providing enough lesson hours to enable the pupils to actually pass the exams.

titchy Sat 15-Nov-14 19:55:57

Three hours a week each.

flack Sat 15-Nov-14 20:04:31

5 lessons/fortnight per subject, so 9-10/fnight for English (a double subject), 5 for math, 9-10 for double science, etc.

Homework is assigned but DS doesn't do it, so can't comment there. Whether 6/fnight is enough kind of depends what else they are doing with the time.

LIZS Sat 15-Nov-14 20:07:12

specialist in what way ? 40 min lessons aren't really long enough to do a practical. ds had a double and single for each subject iirc.

GCSEconfusion Sat 15-Nov-14 20:10:44

Specialist Autism school LIZS

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 15-Nov-14 20:11:20

Sounds a bit like dds school (another specialist one)

I haven't got the year 10/11 timetable on me but they are only able to do double science they get some homework, not a huge amount.

At dds school during Years 10 & 11 the vocationals are mostly done during twilight hours (4-6) rather than during the school day, unlike years 7-9

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 15-Nov-14 20:12:31

Dds school is specialist in a particular aptitude though , not for SEN. (Though dd does have an ASD. )

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