Swapping to triple science

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So I tutor a GCSE pupil who currently is on double science but whose parents want him to move on to triple award. What is the latest a student can swap from double to triple award? Could he, for example, move classes at the beginning of year 11 and do extra work and tuition to catch up? How likely would a school be to allow that? especially if the parents were very pushy!

I'm sure this kind of thing varies from school to school. Any opinions/experience would be greatly appreciated!

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I think it's probably unlikely, because most people take core science (the first half of double award) at the end of year 10 so by year 11 it's too late to switch.


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Hi all,

So I tutor a GCSE pupil who currently is on double science but whose parents want him to move on to triple award. What is the latest a student can swap from double to triple award? Could he, for example, move classes at the beginning of year 11 and do extra work and tuition to catch up? How likely would a school be to allow that? especially if the parents were very pushy!

I'm sure this kind of thing varies from school to school. Any opinions/experience would be greatly appreciated!

thanks
This is how it works in my school. You do Core and sit the exam at the end of year 10. As soon as the exam is over you revise for additional. This ends around December time. They give you homework for Christmas holidays for Additional and an introduction pack for Further Additional. You do Further Additional until March. Revision from then on...

So yeah I think if they put the effort in AND the parents press for it, they can do it, why not?
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(Original post by kazamia)
Hi all,

So I tutor a GCSE pupil who currently is on double science but whose parents want him to move on to triple award. What is the latest a student can swap from double to triple award? Could he, for example, move classes at the beginning of year 11 and do extra work and tuition to catch up? How likely would a school be to allow that? especially if the parents were very pushy!
I can't answer for the school as different schools have very different policies and it's not something that bothers me as all our students do triple, but some factors are:

Will he be taking any exams in Y10 (i.e. completing Science GCSE in Y10)?

Triple can be Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science. The traditional way spreads the hardest 3 units round 3 subjects but the new way makes it easier to add on the third science GCSE.

The practical element (e.g. ISA for AQA). For Edexcel (don't know about the other boards), the move from double to triple (P, C & B) would require you to do at least 2 more controlled assessments (as the core science one can't be used in triple and you now need 3 not 2). These take time to do so the student has to be in the right set by the time these are done as they will be difficult to catch up.

The entry deadline for the summer exams is February half term so it needs to be clear what to enter by then.
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