Separate Sciences GCSE


Triple or Separate Science at the Roseland Academy is a hugely popular and successful GCSE Option. On completion of this course students gain three separate GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue Science (Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics) at AS and A level and may be looking for a career as a professional scientist. Future careers can range from phycology to microbiology, forensic science to food science and sports science to acoustics. Scientists do not just wear white coats, they work in conservation, football clubs, recording studios, cosmetics, police, jewellery and even space!

Students must be fully competent in science in Year 9, as reflected in their teacher assessment grades, and demonstrate a high level of maturity and motivation.

The course content is similar to the Combined Science, however there is a more in-depth study of each of the science disciplines.

We have 5 modern, purpose built laboratories, a central preparation room and a staff workroom with 2 computers. All labs have interactive whiteboards. One of the labs has 16 student workstations which can be booked for whole class ICT activities. We are very well resourced with scientific software, equipment, DVDs and textbooks. The Science Department is an exciting and rewarding place for both staff and students to work.

Biology Subject content

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology
  • 8. Key ideas

Chemistry Subject content

  • 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 3. Quantitative chemistry
  • 4. Chemical changes
  • 5. Energy changes
  • 6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 7. Organic chemistry
  • 8. Chemical analysis
  • 9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 10. Using resources

Physics Subject content

  • 1. Energy
  • 2. Electricity
  • 3. Particle model of matter
  • 4. Atomic structure
  • 5. Forces
  • 6. Waves
  • 7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • 8. Space physics (physics only)

This qualification are all linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.


The team is made up of 7 science specialists, and  two part-time technicians. The current staffing is as follows:

  • Mrs N Taylor Science Teaching Team Leader
  • Mrs J Ollerearnshaw Science Deputy Teaching Team Leader
  • Miss H Colledge- science Teacher
  • Mr D Grose- science Teacher
  • Mrs A Yeo Science Teacher
  • Mrs A Buscombe – Science teacher and Co-Team Leader
  • Mr R Clarke – Science Teacher and Deputy Headteacher