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.
The Science Single Award IGCSE Course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel Single Award Science (Specification 4SS0) for examinations in June 2021 or later years.
- 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.
The Single Award Science IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Three Subjects:
The Biology Section of this Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 18 Lessons:
- 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
The Physics Section of this Course is Divided into Seven Modules Containing 23 Lessons:
- Module 6: Forces and Motion
- Module 7: Electricity
- Module 9: Waves
- Unit 9: Energy
- Module 10: Solids, Liquids and Gases
- Module 11: Magnetism and Electromagnetism
- Module 12: Radioactivity, Particles and Astrophysics
The Chemistry Section of this Course is Divided into Six Modules Containing 20 Lessons:
- Module 13: Introducing Chemistry
- Module 14: Chemistry Investigations
- Module 15: Chemical Patterns
- Module 16: Chemistry in Practice
- Module 17: Organic Chemistry
- Module 18: Chemistry Calculations
As 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.
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.
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.
All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools. 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 and dealing with coursework forms, 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 is now Summer 2022.
Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.
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.