Science IGCSE

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The Science IGCSE (Double Award) is worth two IGCSEs. Students will study all three disciplines equally: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

This home educated course is ideal for students with an interest keen interest in science but who don’t think they are planning to pursue a career in science.

If you are just studying science because it is a requirement for a non-science related career, for example, primary school teaching, then you may wish to study our Science (Single Award)

If you are considering taking any of the sciences at A level, then studying the three separate science subjects is the more appropriate option.

Students who are more interested in a specific discipline may wish to study one of our single Science subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Human Biology.

The course is supplied in 3 separate folders, one each for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics sections of the specification.

The components for each course are as follows:

This section consists of 5 modules and contains 23 lessons, with 7 Tutor-marked Assignments (TMAs) including a substantial mock Exam (TMA G).

The five modules are:

Module 1: Cells and Organisms

Module 2: Plant and Animal Physiology A

Module 3: Plant and Animal Physiology B

Module 4: Inheritance

Module 5: Ecology and Food Production


This section consists of 6 modules and contains 26 lessons, with 7 TMAs including a substantial mock Exam (TMA G).

The six modules are:

Module 1: Principles of Chemistry

Module 2: Chemistry of the Elements

Module 3: Organic Chemistry

Module 4: Physical Chemistry

Module 5: Chemistry in Society

Module 6: Investigative Skills


This section consists of 7 modules and contains 29 lessons, with 11 TMAs including a substantial mock Exam (TMA K).

The seven modules are:

Module 1: Forces and Motion

Module 2: Electricity

Module 3: Waves

Module 4: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer

Module 5: Solids, Liquids and Gases

Module 6: Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Module 7: Radioactivity and Particles

Students will also need to have access to the internet.

The Science IGCSE examination consists of 3 papers, one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each exam lasts 2 hours.

There will be a range of compulsory short-answer structured questions which gradually increase in level of difficulty to ensure accessibility for less-able students, as well as to stretch more-able students.

Students may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs and describe, explain and interpret scientific phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to students; these questions are designed to assess data-handling skills and the ability to apply scientific principles to unfamiliar information. Questions targeted at grades A* – B will include questions designed to test knowledge, understanding and skills at a higher level, including some questions requiring longer prose answers.

In 2019 exams will be assessed on the new scale of 9 to 1.  9 will be the highest grade and a grade 4 will be equivalent to the old grade C.

Science IGCSE and Home Education FAQs

The Science IGCSE course meets the requirements of Edexcel specifications 4SC0 in 2018 and 4SC1 from 2019. The Science Edexcel IGCSE specification includes all the Paper 1 material from Biology, Chemistry and Physics IGCSE.  The Science IGCSE course does not include coursework.

When you start your course with us you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser.  Your support period is then up to this examination date.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who have usually studied Science up to and including Key Stage 3 Year 9.

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