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Year 9 Options » Coordinated Science

Coordinated Science

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0654


IGCSE Double Award Coordinated Science qualification has the equivalence of 2 IGCSE subject passes.

The Science curriculum is delivered by Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialists, in separately timetabled classes. However, the subject content is cross-linked resulting in a scientifically coherent syllabus. The aim of the course is to allow the students to develop understanding and knowledge of the concepts, principles and applications of science. During the course, they will have the opportunity to develop good practical, analytical and evaluative skills and will learn to apply their mathematical skills in a practical context

Course Content

B1 Characteristics of living organisms  C1 The particulate nature of matter  P1 Motion
B2 Cells  C2 Experimental techniques  P2 Matter and forces
B3 Enzymes C3 Atoms, elements and com- pounds  P3 Energy, work and power
B4 Nutrition  C4 Stoichiometry  P4 Simple kinetic molecular model of matter
B5 Transportation  C5 Electricity and chemistry  P5 Matter and thermal properties
B6 Respiration C6 Energy changes in chemical reactions  P6 Transfer of thermal energy
B7 Coordination and response  C7 Chemical reactions P7 Waves
B8 Reproduction C8 The periodic table  P8 Light
B9 Inheritance  C9 The periodic table  P9 Electromagnetic spectrum
B10 Energy flows in ecosystems  C10 Metals  P10 Sound
B11 Human influences on the ecosystem  C11 Air and water  P11 Magnetism
 C12 Sulfur  P12 Electricity
 C13 Carbonates  P13 Electric circuits
 C14 Organic chemistry  P14 Electromagnetic effects
 P15 Radioactivity


There are two tiers of entry: core and extended.

  • Core level allows the attainment of grades in the range CC to
  • Extended level allows the attainment of grades in the range of A*A* to

At the start of year 10, the students will be put into a tiered class dependent on a combination of assessments over year 9 and the end of year exams. Students will be entered for a tier which will allow them to reach their maximum potential grade. All students will, however, be taught the full requirements of the course to include material from the extended specification. The style of delivery and nature of support though will vary between the tiered classes. Students will be entered for a tier, which will allow them to reach their maximum potential grade after consultations with teachers, parents and students once they have sat the ‘Mock Exams’ in Term 2 of Year 11.

There are three papers, all taken at the end of year 11.

  • Paper 1 (30% of total marks) (45 minutes)  A multiple-choice paper.

And either/or:

  • Paper 2 (core) OR Paper 3 (extended) (50% of total marks) (2 hours) Short-answer and structured questions.
  • Paper 6 Alternative to practical (1 hour) Theory paper testing practical skills.

Careers and Progression

Cambridge IGCSEs are considered to be an excellent preparation for Cambridge International AS and A Levels, the Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Group Award, Cambridge Pre-U, and other education programmes, such as the US Advanced Placement program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.

Please note that students achieving Grade BB or above at IGCSE can proceed to study any of the three separate sciences (Chemistry, Physics or Biology) at Advanced Level.

For more information, contact Mr Lespoir