Edexcel IGCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology
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Teacher: Mike George
Exam Codes: Physics 4PH1. Chemistry 4CH0. Biology 4BI0
Duration: 2 Year rolling course
Thursdays: Sep 2021 to July 2022 covers year 1 of the course
Fridays: Sep 2021 to July 2022 covers year 2 of the course
You can start at any point and do the course in any order. You can do year 2 first.
Mike teaches the separate IGCSE sciences as that is the best way for Home Educators to sit the exams. There is no coursework or controlled assessment required. Each subject has 2 final exams in May/June.
Some textbooks are required. Please see Mike’s comments further down. The ISBN numbers are:
Exams DISCLAIMER - Please Note
Exams are optional and remain the parents responsibility to arrange and book by January of the year your child sits the exam. We currently have an arrangement with a school local to Waltham Abbey in Essex who facilitate exam entry for AWE Club students. AWE Club is an approved Learning Centre of Tutors and Exams T&E. This means students benefit from a discounted exam fee price. You are welcome to make use of this arrangement or to make your own plans for an alternative exam center. We will do our utmost to ensure that our current arrangements continue to be available for your children and will keep you informed should anything change due to unforeseen circumstances. During these uncertain times we can not be held liable should the course cease, or exam entry criteria change however we will do our utmost to make alternative arrangements and support our students.If required by exam boards Mike can provide Tutor Marked Grades inline with exam centre rules.
This is a message from Mike regarding homework. As you know, I do not insist on homework being sent to me. Some students wish to only view classes to understand more about science or are doing written work elsewhere (with family or tutors). If the intention is to sit exams at the next suitable opportunity and the classes with me are the sole means of studying IGCSE science it is recommended that students complete additional work through the homework tasks so that I can mark and give comments. This was brought home to some students (not in my AWE Club classes) with the recent situation where no summer GCSE exams are taking place. Exam centres are willing, in certain cases, to accept the tutors’ assessment of the students they have taught. I know of more than one student who sent in homework rarely and not attempted to a reasonable standard. When parents asked me whether I was able to provide assessments to give grades I had to tell them I did not have enough evidence of the written work to give an accurate, fair grade. Consequently, those students have withdrawn from exams this summer with the aim to try taking them next January. This of course has an effect on any future studies they plan to do. Please would you let me know whether your child intends to take IGCSE exams in the subject(s) they are studying with me so I can keep accurate records. Also, let me know whether they intend to submit homework (if none has yet been sent).
My GCSE Science subscription discount
Should parents wish to provide additional revision resources My GCSE Science is very useful. You can join the group subscription via www.awediscounts.com in June and September each year and benefit from a large discount.
Recordings are available to view after lessons that you paid to join. If you cannot see a lesson and you think you should, please do let Mike know. To view a recording, log on to Electa-Live, select ‘Resources’ and then view the list of recorded classes.
More useful information from Mike
I am sending this to IGCSE students for year 1 and 2 because it may be useful to everyone to know or be reminded of what is expected.
Several of you have emailed me asking what resources should you get to support science learning. It is important that you do gather some material, whichever science subjects your child is studying. If you have a scientific background or gained science qualifications at school or elsewhere, they will be of benefit but take care that you match your knowledge to the needs in the syllabus. Just like stories we read where parents know different ways to do maths calculations compared to what the primary schools teach their children, so some terms and topics have left the syllabus to be replaced by others. It was a surprise to me when I started my teaching career!
In the periods we have in class, there is not adequate time to cover everything of every topic. Even teaching in school I found that some parts I had to omit due to time pressures. We will get through the syllabus but it will need students to study outside of the class time in addition to working on the homework tasks I set them. The students who have done well in the past have been those who do the work I set, ask me questions when they are unsure or need further information and engage in the subject. Unfortunately, I don’t recall any students, either Home-Educated or in school, who did well in science exams by just turning up to the lessons.
There is opportunity to communicate with me during lessons, mostly via texting in Electa or by switching on the microphone. To avoid excess noise, please indicate when you wish to speak. If anyone feels anxious about that it is possible to send private messages to me.
Regarding resources, I recommend getting textbooks for the subjects your child is studying. I use the Pearson range, since they operate the Edexcel IGCSE, which we are following. You may find other publishers and that is fine. I do not set questions to a particular textbook because I have found some students prefer one style to another. What is important is that the book clearly states it is suitable for Edexcel IGCSE, not the GCSE.
Another good range of books is the “For You” series (Biology For You, Chemistry For You, Physics For You). They have the advantage that they include all the requirements for all GCSE and IGCSE specifications.
Below I have attached documents that set out the specs for each subject plus the mathematics that are needed over the course (there is maths in biology too!).
Maths Skills for science Click here