Single/double/triple award GCSE science. What did you do?

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Just wondering what people did as regards science at GCSE. Everyone at my school took chemistry, biology and physics as seperate GCSEs, and my school is far from being highly academic.
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i did double award however i had three seperate papers for biology chemistry and physics
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Originally posted by Fight
i did double award however i had three seperate papers for biology chemistry and physics
Same here, and also we had to do one science exam in year 10 too!
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I did GCSEs 2 years ago and I had done Science: Double Award. It kinda sucked since my school didn't offer Separate Sciences though I really wanted to do them to gain an extra GCSE considering there's not much more to be learnt for each of the three strands, and that Science was also one of my strongest subjects. Oh well.
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I did GCSEs 2 years ago and I had done Science: Double Award. It kinda sucked since my school didn't offer Separate Sciences though I really wanted to do them to gain an extra GCSE considering there's not much more to be learnt for each of the three strands, and that Science was also one of my strongest subjects. Oh well.
Same in my school! You could only take single or double G.C.S.E science (I think? Unless there was something I didn't know about or wasn't told). I took double science because I really enjoyed it and was good at it, and if there were specialised bio/phys/chem G.C.S.E's I would have much rather taken those (but there wasn't).
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how did you guys find the science gcse exams?
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I did Double Science in 2001. We had to sit multiple choice tests for each of the 10 modules.. obviously some were Biology, some Physics and some Chemistry. There was also coursework and two terminal papers.. one on 5 of the modules, the other on the rest.
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I did AQA's Double Science (Modular) when I did my GCSE's, since then my school offered the triple science to the kids ONLY in the top set, the remainder do the double.

I would have preferred to have done the triple in one sense, that is, a weakness in one science (namely Biology), wouldn't count against ability in others. However, with the double, you at least have a mechanism of compensation.

I got A* A* at double, and would have probably been able to get A* A* A (Biology for the A) in triple.
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My school offered double award to most people, and gave the really thick ones "single science with agricultural studies" ... that must've been awful! Needless to say I did the double award and got a A*A*. The course was the SEG (a division of AQA) modular course. You sat 9 multiple choice papers, 4 in y10 and 5 in y11 with two written exams at the end of y11 and a bio, chem and physics coursework... quite thorough...
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Originally posted by Benny Cool
My school offered double award to most people, and gave the really thick ones "single science with agricultural studies" ... that must've been awful! Needless to say I did the double award and got a A*A*. The course was the SEG (a division of AQA) modular course. You sat 9 multiple choice papers, 4 in y10 and 5 in y11 with two written exams at the end of y11 and a bio, chem and physics coursework... quite thorough...
That was the one I did.

Those faffy 18 question multi choice papers were quite noddy weren't they. There was always at least one answer for each question you could eliminate, and the questions in the end weren't that varied.

The coursework wasn't too bad, our teachers were quite helpful with it anyway - it was out of 24, and I think I got 23, if not 24.

The final two papers, 2 hours each? By the time you sat them you had half of the value of each of your two grades in the bag.

It has to be said, "agricultural studies" ? Does that translate to field trips to Derbyshire and Wales for varying run ins with sheep ?! Externally marked practical indeed !

(Apologies to ickle_katy - from across the 7)
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