Benefits of Studying Cambridge Combined Science

Our Cambridge IGCSE Combined Science homeschooling course will give your child the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a scientifically coherent syllabus. Combined Science is a single award and will count as one subject. 

Note that this course will not provide sufficient background to enable your child to move on to A Level in any of the Sciences.  Note also that this subject may not be taken alongside single subject Biology, Chemistry or Physics because of the overlap in syllabus content.

Your child will learn about the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. As well as focusing on individual sciences, the course will enable an introduction to our technological world and a more informed interest in science and scientific developments. It is a good option if you would like your child to have an initial grounding in science rather than to take the individual science subjects.

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IGCSE Course Information

Key Topics Covered in the Course

Combined Science covers the basic elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which are detailed under the single subject science courses.

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Prior Requirements and Hours of Study

  • Prior learning: CAIE recommends that learners who are beginning this course should previously have studied a Science syllabus such as that of the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or equivalent national educational frameworks (eg. Years 7-9). Learners should also have adequate mathematical skills for the content contained in this syllabus (see the mathematical requirements in section 7.7).
  • Your child should allow for up to 180 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.

The Syllabus and Exam

IGCSE Combined Science will prepare your child for the following papers of Cambridge (CAIE) Combined Science syllabus 0653.

Paper 2: Extended multiple choice paper: 45 minutes, (30% of total mark)

Paper 4: Extended theory paper: 1 hour and 15 minutes, (50%)

Paper 6: Alternative to Practical paper which will test your familiarity with practical procedures which you will learn during the course: 1 hour, (20%)

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE Combined Science is £495 by instalments, or £470 if paid in full.

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Meet Our IGCSE Combined Science Tutors

Andrew Yeoh Homschooling Parent, Melbourne, Australia

Wolsey Hall Oxford's IGCSE courses are excellent for students who wish to homeschool. The step by step programme of study, with designated textbooks and online resources ensured that my daughter understood the concepts and their application in a logical manner. She also benefitted from completing the assignments and past exam papers. She worked hard... asking questions, getting feedback from her Tutors and sharpening her exam technique. Without the Wolsey Hall Oxford programme, she would not have achieved her fantastic results (six A*'s in her IGCSEs in 2016).

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