|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
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
|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|
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.
- 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.