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IGCSE Combined Science Course (Double Award)

This IGCSE Combined Science Course (Double Award) Distance Learning Course accredited by Edexcel  or Cambridge is assessed via three papers – Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Students are awarded two IGCSE grades.  Covering a systematic body of scientific knowledge and facts, concepts, principles, themes and patterns, it’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools, however through International Home Study you are able to complete it much quicker if you wish to.

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Course Description

This IGCSE Combined Science Double Award Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed or would like to move onto an A Level in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

This course will help students develop an enthusiasm and interest in the scientific world, appreciating the significance of science in wider personal, social, environmental, economic and technological contexts, with a consideration of ethical issues.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Differences between Cambridge and Edexcel Exam boards.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

Fees

Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam

Cambridge

Cambridge Course Code(s)

IGCSE Sciences- co-ordinated (9-1): 0973

IGCSE Sciences- co-ordinated: 0654

(Please note, there is no difference in the course teachings for the two specifications, there only difference is the grade you will receive once you have taken the exams. 0973 is graded 9-1, 9 being the highest while 0654 is graded A* to G, A* being the highest.)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 260 hours


This IGCSE Science (double award) CAIE Course will give you the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. It is a double award qualification, earning two grades. Students gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study.

You learn how science is studied and practised, and will become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps students to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments

Cambridge Modules

Biology

  1. Characteristics of living organisms
  2. Cells
  3. Biological molecules
  4. Enzymes
  5. Plant nutrition
  6. Animal nutrition
  7. Transport
  8. Gas exchange and respiration
  9. Coordination and response
  10. Reproduction
  11. Inheritance
  12. Organisms and their environment
  13. Human influences on the ecosystems

Chemistry

  1. The particulate nature of matter
  2. Experimental techniques
  3. Atoms, elements and compounds
  4. Stoichiometry
  5. Electricity and chemistry
  6. Energy changes in chemical reactions
  7. Chemical reactions
  8. Acids, bases and salts
  9. The Periodic Table
  10. Metals
  11. Air and water
  12. Sulfur
  13. Carbonates
  14. Organic chemistry

Physics

  1. Motion
  2. Work, energy and power
  3. Thermal physics
  4. Properties of waves, including light and sound
  5. Electricity and magnetism
  6. Electric circuits
  7. Electromagnetic effects
  8. Atomic physics

Exam Papers:

All candidates take three papers.

Candidates who have studied the Core subject content, or who are expected to achieve a grade 3-3 or below, should be entered for Paper 1, Paper 3 and Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades 5-5 to 1-1.

Candidates who have studied the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement), and who are expected to achieve a grade 4-4 or above, should be entered for Paper 2, Paper 4 and Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades 9-9 to 1-1.

Paper 1: Multiple Choice (Core)

Written examination: 45 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Multiple- choice questions based on the Core subject content.

40 marks

30% of grade

Paper 3:  Theory (Core)

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview:  short- answer and structured questions based on the Core subject content.

120 marks

50% of grade

Paper 6: Alternative to practical

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Questions will be based on Experimental Skills

60 marks

20% of grade

Candidates who have studied the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement), and who are expected to achieve a grade 4-4 or above, should be entered for Paper 2, Paper 4 and Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades 9-9 to 1-1.

Paper 2: Multiple Choice (Extended)

Written examination: 45 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Multiple- choice questions based on the extended subject content (Core and Supplement)

40 marks

30% of grade

Paper 4:  Theory (Extended)

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview:  short- answer and structured questions based on the extended subject content (Core and Supplement)

120 marks

50% of grade

Paper 6: Alternative to practical

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Questions will be based on Experimental Skills

60 marks

20% of grade

Edexcel

Edexcel Course Code(s): 4SD0

Edexcel Exams: January and June

Edexcel Study Hours: 260 hours


This IGCSE Science Edexcel (Double Award) Course will allow you to to acquire scientific knowledge and facts, and an understanding of scientific concepts, principles, themes and patterns. You will also sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the scientific world.

The Edexcel International GCSE in Science (Double Award) takes approximately two-thirds of the subject content of each of the Edexcel International GCSEs in single sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and combines them into an International GCSE in Science (Double Award) worth two International GCSEs.

Edexcel Modules

Biology

  1. The nature and variety of living organisms
  2. Structure and functions in living organisms
  3. Reproduction and inheritance
  4. Ecology and the environment
  5. Use of biological resources

Chemistry

  1. Principles of chemistry
  2. Inorganic chemistry
  3. Physical chemistry
  4. Organic chemistry

Physics

  1. Forces and motion
  2. Electricity
  3. Waves
  4. Energy resources and energy transfer
  5. Solids, liquids and gases
  6. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  7. Radioactivity and particles
  8. Astrophysics

Exam Papers

Biology Paper 1

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview: A combination of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short- answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

110 marks

33.3 % of the total international GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview: A combination of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short- answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

110 marks

33.3 % of the total international GCSE

Physics Paper 1

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview: A combination of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short- answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

110 marks

33.3 % of the total international GCSE

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will be asked to fill in an enrolment form. On the form it will ask when you wish to complete by, so we can ensure you are supported right up to when you take your exams.

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

All of our IGCSEs are available world wide. Meaning you can study with us from anywhere.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help finding a centre, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 130 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

With online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. IGCSE qualifications are recognised by universities employers, colleges and sixth form colleges, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your IGCSEs in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, transcripts, certificate of graduation, and references for further education applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade. 

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