DS is in Y11 and doing the above GCSE. He's set for 9s in Biology ad Physics but only a 7 in Chemistry (most of the class seem set for a 5/6 which seems so much lower than all the other subjects?!). Can anyone explain to me how they work out the two grades you get at the end?
Does it have to be 9-9, 8-8 etc? or can it be 9-8 or 9-7? What would you get it you got 9 in two of the and 7 in the other??
Combined Science is the new ‘double’ Science so you’re right!
Each of the six papers has an equal weighting and the 17 possible grades are decided according to the combination of all the marks from each paper. Foundation tier will award grades 1-1 to 5-5, higher will award 4-4 to 9-9 (but there is a safety net of 4-3 if they just fall short). The bit I’m not clear about is if different tiers can be used for different papers (I suspect not, but my students are clearly one tier or the other for all papers and judging by your DSs predicted grades he is higher) - if anyone can tell me for definite I’d be grateful!
This is an interesting conversation. My Ds is in Year 9 top set science (I suspect he will be moved down though). He is currently good at physics & chemistry & appalling at Biology (he is autistic & can't cope with human biology).
To give you an idea of the disparity last year he got 65% in chemistry, 63% in physics & 39% in biology last year (he was a grammar school then but is at a comp now)
No one can accurately predict this, but boundaries are likely to be tight and i suspect one weak science will still hit you hard, also 9s are supposed to be rare. Part of it is your schools fault, if he is doing combined then why on earth offer up grades for triple😳, i suspect 8 8 if he really would get 9 9 7 but they don't know that either!
I think Rosie means why are they giving separate grades for the 3 sciences when that isn't how the actual GCSE grades are going to be? And that maybe saying you are working at around 8-7 but your biology is dragging it down might be more helpful.
At dd's school there are 3 science teachers so they each give individual grades for their subject. Double & triple students share some classes but triple option students get 2 extra double science lessons per week on a rotation with the three teachers.