Our AQA Level 1/2 Certificates (IGCSEs) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Double Award Science are fully accredited on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications at the same standard as GCSEs.

Read the 24 October 2014 update about AQA Level 1/2 Certificates in performance measure tables.


The specifications contain no controlled assessment – experimental and investigative skills are integrated into the written papers. These specifications have been designed as linear examinations that allow time for teaching key concepts at a deeper level.

Supporting learning and teaching

We offer a wide range of free resources to support our AQA Level 1/2 Certificates (IGCSEs) in science, including:

  • detailed schemes of work
  • past exam papers and mark schemes
  • command-word document
  • ideas for appropriate experiments and investigations
  • teachers' guide to show comparison of content between GCSE and Level 1/2 Certificates
  • a selection of past exam questions and mark schemes on Exampro Lite.

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AQA Certificate (IGCSE)
Biology (IGCSE) (8401) Examined from 2013
Chemistry (IGCSE) (8402) Examined from 2013
Physics (IGCSE) (8403) Examined from 2013
Science: Double Award (IGCSE) (8404) Examined from 2013