Science Double Award

Science Double Award (two IGSCEs)

The Double Award course covers biology, chemistry and physics. This option is ideal if you are uncertain if you want to continue science post-16, or plan to pursue science but wish to include other subjects in your overall selection.

Why St Mary's

Before choosing whether to take two or three IGCSE qualifications in science, you will receive individual advice about which course best meets your needs.

The Science Double Award is worth two IGCSEs and covers all three sciences. Taught by specialist teachers, in our exceptional laboratory facilities, this option provides a good base to study any of the three sciences at A Level.

This Award covers approximately two thirds of the work covered by the three separate science IGCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), with 12 lessons per fortnight (four for each subject). This option is ideal if you are not certain if you wish to study science post-16, or already know they want to pursue science post-16 but have many talents in other fields.

Course overview

The Double Award covers the same broad topics as the separate science IGCSEs, but up to approximately two-thirds of the content overall.

Biology topics

  • The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Structure and functions in living organisms
  • Reproduction and inheritance
  • Ecology and the environment
  • Use of biological resources

Chemistry topics

  • Principles of chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry

Physics topics

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Radioactivity and particles
  • Astrophysics


This course is assessed with three 2-hour written examinations, each worth 33.3% of the total mark.

At a glance
  • Syllabus: Edexcel
  • Three written examinations
  • Worth two IGCSEs
  • 12 lessons per fortnight
  • Specialist teachers

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