Co-ordinated Science (0654)

Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences gives learners the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. It is a double award qualification, earning two grades. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study.

They learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments.

Key Benefits

Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences gives learners the opportunity to study biology, chemistry and physics within a scientifically coherent syllabus and is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability.

As well as a subject focus, the Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences syllabus encourages learners to develop:

  • a better understanding of the technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • a recognition of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • an interest in, and care for, the environment
  • a better understanding of the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
  • an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.

Recognition and Progression

Cambridge IGCSEs are general qualifications that enable learners to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.

Resources

The following are the preferred resources at Istanbul International School:

  • Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Science 0654 Coursebook
  • Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Science 0654 Biology Workbook
  • Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Science 0654 Chemistry Workbook
  • Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Science 0654 Physics Workbook

 

Cambridge International Examinations

Core Candidates take:

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Paper 1

Multiple Choice – 30% (45 minutes)       

40 four-choice multiple-choice questions                      

Questions will be based on Core subject content

Externally assessed

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Paper 3

Theory – 50% (2 hours)

Short-answer and structured

Questions will be based on Core subject content

Externally assessed

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Paper 6

Alternative to Practical – 20% (1 hour 30 minutes)

Questions will be based on the experimental

Skills in Section 6

Externally assessed

 Extended Candidates take:

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Paper 2

Multiple Choice – 30% (45 minutes)       

40 four-choice multiple-choice questions                      

Questions will be based on the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement)

Externally assessed

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Paper 4

Theory – 50% (2 hours)

Short-answer and structured questions

Questions will be based on the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement)

Externally assessed

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Paper 6

Alternative to Practical – 20% (1 hour 30 minutes)

Questions will be based on the experimental

Skills in Section 6

Externally assessed

Early Years

Our programme is designed to encourage a balance of child initiated and teacher facilitated activities. The programme offers children a variety of choices. The environment includes art, dramatic play, maths, language work, enjoying books, art, music, water and sand play, science activities, and so on. Our goals include the encouragement of each child’s natural curiosity and interest in learning.

Primary School

Our School’s primary curriculum is built around the need to provide knowledge skills and understanding arranged by subject under three areas of study, environmental studies, life skills and the expressive arts. Our primary grades 1 – 4 are equivalent to Years 2 – 5 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

Middle School

The Middle School is an important bridging period between Primary School and High School. Our Middle School Grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to Years 6 – 9 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE™ is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages. It is tried, tested and trusted. It is taught by over 4800 schools in 146 countries. The programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

AS/ Level

The A Level syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.