Secondary education2021-03-16T17:33:19+01:00




Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, when pupils are aged between 11 and 14, the term also refers to the first three years of Secondary Education.

At the end of this stage, pupils aged 14 or almost age 14 — in Year 9 — are assessed as part of the national programme of National Curriculum assessment, based on on-going teacher assessment.

At ISCB, as part of the beginning of our students´ Secondary Education journey, unlike Primary, most subjects are taught by a teacher who specialises in that subject and will also be taught in highly specialised learning environments: Science/ Science Lab., ICT and Computing, Art, Design & Technology, Sports.

GCSE / A-Levels

Our GCSE offer will support and strengthen access to our high quality A-Levels.

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Modern History
  • Government & Politics
  • Geography
  • Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Business & Economics / Marketing
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Media / Robotics
  • Film and Photography
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Zoology
  • Sustainability
  • Online/Media

It is our main aim to help all our students to pursue and accomplish all their childhood dreams and aspirations, as well as accompany them in this adventure of developing their confidence to investigate and enquire, to solve problems and to take responsibility for their own learning.


Key stage 4

KS4 comprises Years 10 and 11, when pupils are aged between 14 and 15. During this educational period students are working towards GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education).

As in the previous Key stage, subjects are taught by highly specialized teachers. Some subjects are compulsory; these are known as the core and foundation subjects.

The core subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

The foundation subjects are:

  • Computing
  • PE
  • Citizenship

Schools will also offer a number of other GCSE subjects, and pupils choose which they’ll take alongside the core and foundation subjects in Year 9. They have to offer at least one subject from each of the following areas:

  • Arts (e.g. art and design, music, drama)
  • Design and technology (e.g. DT, graphics, cooking and nutrition)
  • Humanities (e.g. combined humanities, history, geography, RE)
  • Modern foreign languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

In most schools, students will take at least one GCSE from each of these categories. 

In science, students may take single, double or triple science. Confusingly, this doesn’t mean they have separate lessons and take separate GCSEs in biology and/or chemistry and/or physics. Rather, each GCSE incorporates all three subjects: so double science counts as two GCSEs, and triple science as three, with the teaching time increasing proportionately. It’s common for only the brightest students to take triple science.

Each GCSE result in English, maths and science is worth two GCSEs in other subjects.


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