Everyone I know got bad grades in AQA sciences (triple)

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My school, also on AQA, puts top set in for Triple. 100% of people passed Biology, Chemistry, Physics. I believe 90% got 9-7 in Biology, 76% in Physics, and 70% in Chemistry. We're decent, not an especially outstanding school in general- some subjects only had 1 or 2 grade 9's, out of hundreds of students, and 90% is the standard pas rate for non-core subjects- but definitely had success in science.
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My school, also on AQA, puts top set in for Triple. 100% of people passed Biology, Chemistry, Physics. I believe 90% got 9-7 in Biology, 76% in Physics, and 70% in Chemistry. We're decent, not an especially outstanding school in general- some subjects only had 1 or 2 grade 9's, out of hundreds of students, and 90% is the standard pas rate for non-core subjects- but definitely had success in science.
Wow, that's incredible! I don't really know what happened for my school, it just phases me that top students were getting 5s instead of 9-7.
But well done to your school!
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for me it was the complete opposite
i got 4s and 5s throughout year 10 and 11 when I did triple science
ended up with 788 as my final grades
i don't think science grades can be 'harsh' because well its science all that matters really are the answers. and in some cases like bio the boundaries were pretty low. i guess it's unusual but there could be loads of reasons why this happened
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My sister was in top sets for science but struggled a lot, especially with Chemistry. She came out with an 8 in Physics, 7 in Biology (1 mark off an 8) and a 5 in Chemistry (which she thought she’d failed). The grade boundaries were definitely generous and they always have to be in line with previous years’ so that the same proportion of students each year are getting the top grades - otherwise year groups who sat “easier” exams would be at an advantage compared to students in different year groups who may have sat harder ones. The level of knowledge and understanding needed for a grade 7 (for example) must be the same every year. So basically, something must have gone wrong at your school - either the students were being misled in being told they were working at grades 7+ when they weren’t, or the students were underprepared for the exams and so this was reflected in their grades. AQA (and all other exam boards) has regulations and standards which they must stick to.
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My sister was in top sets for science but struggled a lot, especially with Chemistry. She came out with an 8 in Physics, 7 in Biology (1 mark off an 8) and a 5 in Chemistry (which she thought she’d failed). The grade boundaries were definitely generous and they always have to be in line with previous years’ so that the same proportion of students each year are getting the top grades - otherwise year groups who sat “easier” exams would be at an advantage compared to students in different year groups who may have sat harder ones. The level of knowledge and understanding needed for a grade 7 (for example) must be the same every year. So basically, something must have gone wrong at your school - either the students were being misled in being told they were working at grades 7+ when they weren’t, or the students were underprepared for the exams and so this was reflected in their grades. AQA (and all other exam boards) has regulations and standards which they must stick to.
Yes, there was quite a bit of changing of teachers during the two years which may have affected progress and technique for the longer questions.
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Same as TheGames314. Top set sits the triple science exams (AQA). School is above national average and stats stand at -

Biology : 87.5% obtained 9-7s
Chemistry : 93.75% obtained 9-7s
Physics : 81.5% obtained 9-7s.
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