A suite of GCSE science courses developed in partnership with the University of York

Triple Science (Separate sciences)

The Twenty First Century Science suite of courses includes Triple Science (Separate Sciences).

In each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, students complete six modules, three from GCSE Science and three from GCSE Additional Science. Students then study a Further Science module for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to complete their three full GCSE courses.

These Further Science modules have been developed on the same principle as the other courses: they have their own distinct purpose and flavour, and are not simply 'more of the same'. Each subject uses contemporary contexts to explore new concepts, and to encourage students to draw together some of the ideas they have already developed.

An overview and map summarising each module is available below to download. They also show how the content relates to that in GCSE Science and Additional Science, so you can cover it during the year rather than in a block at the end. We are grateful to OUP for permission to publish these resources on this website.

This is a list of the modules in the 2006 course. The 2011 modules are mostly similar. See the OCR 2011 specifications.

The topics covered in these modules of the OCR specification are as follows.

B7 Further Biology : Biology across the ecosystem (0.9 MB)

  • Interdependence - energy flow through ecosystems; photosynthesis and its importance in the food chain; soil.
  • Further up the food chain - heterotrophic nutrition; symbiosis and commensalisms; parasites.
  • New technologies - DNA technologies and their social, ethical and economic implications.
  • Blood and circulation - components of blood; blood types; the circulation system.
  • Energy for life - respiration and exercise.
  • Get moving - skeletal systems; health and fitness.

C7 Further Chemistry : Chemistry for a sustainable world (106 KB)

  • The chemistry of carbon compounds – alkanes; alcohols; carboxylic acids; esters; fats and oils
  • How much? How fast? How far? - energy changes in chemical reactions; dynamic equilibrium
  • Chemical analysis - analytical procedures; chromatography; quantitative analysis
  • Green Chemistry - the chemical industry; the characteristics of green chemistry; making ethanoic acid.

P7 Further Physics : Observing the Universe (529 KB)

  • Observatories and telescopes – how telescopes work; lenses
  • Mapping the heavens – naked-eye astronomy; eclipses, stars; planets; galaxies; Cepheid variables; Hubble constant
  • Inside stars - nuclear processes. ; spectra and brightness of stars; parsec
  • The lives of stars - birth and death of stars; protostars

OUP resources:

  • Either you buy student books containing modules 1 to 7 for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Or you top up the GCSE Science and Additional Science books with a student book containing just modules B7, C7 and P7.
  • You also need the teacher & technician (t&t) packs and ipacks (or just the ipacks since they contain everything) for GCSE Science and Additional Science, plus t&t packs for each of modules B7, P7, and C7. (The Biology, Chemistry and Physics t&t packs, which are just for module 7, include a CD.)

Triple Science Support Programme

For support with introducing and teaching triple science see the Triple Science Support Programme website from the DCSF.