The Science IGCSE Course combines the most interesting aspects of IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is an ideal introduction for students who require a grounding in elementary science which has become a requirement for many important occupations, such as Teaching, Nursing & midwifery.

IGCSE Science (Double Award) is worth TWO IGCSEs. Written by experienced science teachers and subject specialists, Marion Green, Michael Jones and Philip West, the course provides excellent preparation for the IGCSE Science examinations. Each lesson of the Combined GCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions.

There are 25 tutor-marked assignments including a substantial mock exam. Students will need to have access to the internet to complete this course.

Twig Resources

Twig WorldWe hope that students of this course will also take the opportunity to learn from the wealth of Twig resources to which this course is linked. Twig have produced more than a thousand educational films, particularly for science, maths and geography and these complement the lesson materials here to enhance the learning experience. To view the films, you will need an e-mail account, internet access and a password, supplied to you after enrolment.

The Syllabus:

The Science IGCSE Course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel Double Award Science (Specification 4SC0) for examinations in June 2018. A resit paper is available in January 2019.

Please Note: This specification will be available until the May/June 2018 exams, and a new specification (4SD1) with the new grading system (9 - 1) has been introduced in 2017 for first exams in May/June 2019. A course for the new specification is available for students wanting to sit their exams in 2019. Please contact us if you want further information on the 2019 specification.


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.

Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1 - Biology: 2 Hours (Untiered)
  • Paper 2 - Chemistry: 2 Hour (Untiered)
  • Paper 3 - Physics: 2 Hours (Untiered)

The home study course is divided into three modules:


This section is split into 5 modules containing 23 lessons, with 10 Tutor Marked Assignments, including a mock exam assignment.

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 is split into 6 modules containing 26 lessons, with 9 Tutor Marked Assignments including a mock exam assignment.

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 is split into 7 modules containing 27 lessons, with 9 Tutor Marked Assignments including a mock exam assignment.

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

Additional Reading:

Students will also require the following books:

  • Edexcel IGCSE Biology (2009) byPhil Bradfield & Steve Potter (ISBN:978 0 435966 88 1)
  • Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry (2009) by Jim Clark (ISBN:978 0 435966 89 8)
  • Edexcel IGCSE Physics (2009) by Brian Arnold, Steve Woolley, Penny Johnson (ISBN:9780435966904)

If students are happy to work without cross references to textbook pages given in the course, they may wish instead to buy:

  • The Edexcel IGCSE Science Double Award Student Guide by Curtis, Steve Woolley, and Phil Bradfield (ISBN: 9780435046774)


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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