Science in Key Stage 4

SStudents study all three subjects separately but teachers ensure that constant links are made between the three areas.

In each of the three Sciences students are encouraged to appreciate the importance to scientific methods of accurate experimental work and reporting. They are trained to form hypotheses, design experiments to test them and develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context.

The Chemistry course aims at developing in students an understanding of the widespread importance of chemistry and the way materials are used in the world. Students are encouraged to appreciate how the work of the chemist has social, industrial, technological, environmental and economic consequences for the community: in both positive and negative ways.

Through their study of Biology students are encouraged to develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the study of living organisms. They are taught to evaluate, in terms of their biological knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to social, environmental and economic issues.


In the IGCSE assessment programme, students are entered for examinations as follows.

  Separate Sciences

Three independent qualifications taken are: physics, chemistry and biology.

How assessment relates to the qualifications available is shown below. The assessment for this qualification is linear and both papers need to be completed in the same series i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2 both must be sat for in the same exam session (May/June)