International GCSE Science

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At Oxford Open Learning we are delighted to announce the publication of  our new international GCSE Science (Double Award) course. The international GCSE Science (Double Award) is worth TWO international GCSEs.

The international GCSE Science specification includes all the Paper 1 material from the three main single science international GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and none of the Paper 2 material. The course does not include coursework.

Written by experienced science teachers and subject specialists, Marion Green, Michael Jones and Philip West, the course provides excellent preparation for the international GCSE Science examination.

The course is supplied in 3 separate folders, one each for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics sections of the specification.

The components for each course are as follows:


This section is in 5 modules containing 23 lessons, with 7 Tutor-marked Assignments (TMAs), including a substantial mock Exam (TMA G).

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 in 6 modules containing 26 lessons, with 7 TMAs including a substantial mock Exam (TMA G).

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 in 7 modules containing 29 lessons, with 11 TMAs, including a substantial mock Exam (TMA K).

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

Students will also need to have access to the internet.

For further details of our brand new international GCSE Science (Double Award) course, please read the Course Introduction which may be accessed from the link to the right of this page.

The course was developed to meet the requirements of Edexcel specification 4SC0, as examined in June 2017 and later years.


The international GCSE Science examination consists of 3 papers, one each for biology, chemistry and physics. Each exam lasts 2 hours.  The exam is untiered.

Each paper will assess biology/chemistry/physics across all Assessment Objectives as set out in the specification. The maximum mark for each paper will be 120.

There will be a range of compulsory short-answer structured questions which gradually increase in level of difficulty to ensure accessibility for less-able students, as well as to stretch more-able students.

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.

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Science IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE Science is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE Science does not include practical course work, making it convenient for distance learners.

The Science International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

The Oxford Open Learning courses which are enriched by Twig include extensive links to appropriate films (and other supporting material), lesson by lesson. The student hops from the course materials to the films and back again.

To access the films, students need a special password, supplied at enrolment. Students also need internet access and an e-mail account to benefit from this extraordinary resource which is offered as a “free” extra to students on the relevant courses.

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