Science IGCSE (Single Award) Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials and Online Content
Self-Study Time:Approximately 300 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The Science IGCSE (Single Award) Course offers students the opportunity to gain a single IGCSE qualification covering different aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students who want to study Science to a higher level should consider the Double Award Course or the three single science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

It is estimated that this course will take up to 300 hours of study to complete and will require more study than other single award IGCSE's. If students are completing this course so they can progress into teaching or child care then we recommended studying a single science such as biology, unless it has been specified that you need a combined science qualification.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are fourteen tutor-marked assignments including three practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The Science Single Award IGCSE Course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel Single Award Science (Specification 4SS0).

Assessment is by three written examinations:

  • Exam Paper 1 - Biology (1 Hour, 10 Minutes) is 33.33% of the total marks. There is A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Exam Paper 2 - Chemistry (1 Hour, 10 Minutes) is 33.33% of the total marks. There is A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Exam Paper 3 - Physics (1 Hour, 10 Minutes) is 33.33% of the total marks. There is A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
Science IGCSE Single Award Course Syllabus

The Single Award Science IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Three Subjects:

Biology Syllabus

The Biology Section of this Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 18 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Cells, Organisms, and the Variety of Life; Movement of Substances into and out of Cells; Investigative Skills A: Design; Respiration and Enzymes; and Investigative Skills B: Carrying Out.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Human Nutrition; Investigative Skills C: Interpreting; Photosynthesis; Transport in Plants and Animals; and Gas Exchange in Plants and Animals.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Human Reproduction; and Reproduction in Plants.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Chromosomes, Genes and DNA; Cell Division; Genes and Inheritance; Natural and Artificial Selection; and Genetic Engineering and Cloning.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Ecosystems; and Food Production.
Physics Syllabus

The Physics Section of this Course is Divided into Seven Modules Containing 23 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Speed, Distance and Time; Forces; Investigative Skills A: Experimental Design; and The Solar System.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Mains Electricity; Current and Voltage; Electrical Circuits 2: Resistance; and Investigative Skills B: Interpretation.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Properties of Waves; The Electromagnetic Spectrum; Light; Sound; and Investigative Skills C: Taking a Reading.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Energy Transfers; and Work and Power.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Pressure; and Gases.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Magnetism; and Electric Motors and Electromagnetic Induction.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Atoms and Radioactivity; Radiation and Half-life; Applications of Radioactivity; Fission and Fusion; and Stellar Evolution.
Chemistry Syllabus

The Chemistry Section of this Course is Divided into Six Modules Containing 20 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Substances and Particles; Atomic Structure; Chemical Bonds; Structures and Properties; Formulae and Equations; and Rates of Reaction.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Investigative Skills A: Design; Investigative Skills B: Carrying out; and Investigative Skills C: Interpreting.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Oxygen and Oxides; The Reactivity Series; Acids, Bases and Salts; and The Periodic Table.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Separating and Analysing; and Energy Changes during Reactions.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Organic Molecules; Alkanes and Alkenes; and Crude Oil and Addition Polymers.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Moles; Energy Calculations; Appendix A: The Periodic Table; and Appendix B: The Reactivity Series and Formulae of Ions.
Twig Resources

Twig ResourcesAs part of this ocurse you will also receive access to Twig resources as part of your course materials. Twig is an award-winning international resource of educational films, and gives you access to three-minute films for Science, as well as worksheets, lesson plans, quizzes and diagrams. To access the Twig resources, you will need an email account, internet access and a password which will be supplied to you after enrolment.

Additional Reading

Students will also require the following books:

  • Edexcel IGCSE Biology Student Book (9-1) by Phil Bradfield & Steve Potter. (ISBN-13: 978-04351850841)
  • Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry Student Book (9-1) by Jim Clark. (ISBN-13: 978-0435185169)
  • Edexcel IGCSE Physics Student Book (9-1) by Penny Johnson, Steve Wooley, and Brian Arnold (ISBN-13: 9780435185275)

We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. 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.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most IGCSE examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools who are offering that specification. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. 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.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards for all IGCSE Courses is now Summer 2023.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2023 examination window will need to be enrolled by 15 November 2022. Students can aim towards Summer 2024 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

January 2023 Examination Window: Some IGCSEs also have a winter exam sitting in January. These include English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics. The closing date for learners enroling and aiming for January 2023 examinations is 31 May 2022.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

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