Grammar School

Group 4 - Experimental Sciences

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Overview of courses

All IB science courses combine academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills through the experimental approach. Students learn the principles that underpin both the physical environment and biological systems around them. These courses cover the essential principles of each subject and, through selection of options, allow some flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of the students. Throughout these courses, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Students are able to enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.

There are 4 science courses on offer, all at Standard or Higher Level.

Entry Criteria:

Standard Level

Higher Level

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

CC in Science & Additional Science GCSE OR C in GCSE Biology / Chemistry / Physics

BB in Science & Additional Science GCSE OR B in GCSE Biology / Chemistry / Physics

Design Technology

It is preferred, but not compulsory, that you have studied this subject or an associated subject in Yr 11. If you have done so, then you should have achieved a minimum of a Grade C in that GCSE.

If you wish to study 2 science subjects, the other can be taken instead of a group 6 subject.

You will not be able to study 3 sciences.

Standard or Higher Level?
Group 4 students at standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) undertake a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment (IA) scheme and have some overlapping elements in the options studied.  While the skills and activities of science subjects are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. The distinction between SL and HL is one of breadth and depth.  If you wish to continue your studies in science, or a science related area, you should take HL science courses. 

Please click the following to view the detailed outlines.

BiologyChemistry or Physics
Desigh Technology


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