Biology iGCSE

Our course code: G005

Course fee: £695 or from £52 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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IGCSE Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunities. Students who study IGCSE Biology may go on to a Biology A-Level course ideal for people who want a career in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and forensic science. IGCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers at 16.

Designed to facilitate the development of a broad understanding of biological principles and concepts and also includes relevant biological investigative skill development. The IGCSE Biology course includes aspects of science that are relevant to everyday life and therefore appropriate for distance and adult learning.

This IGCSE Biology course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam. GCSE’s are Qualifications that count.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

iGCSE Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: G005
  • Qualification code: 4BI1
  • Official Qualification Title: iGCSE Biology

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2021.

You’ll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • 2 hours, 61% of marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes, 39% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required complete one introductory assignment, 10 assignments and 14 core practicals which don’t contribute to your final grade but will prepare you for your final examinations. There is no coursework to complete. All exams must be taken in the same session.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an iGCSE in Biology, issued by EdExcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - iGCSE Biology

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: The nature and variety of living things
  • Characteristics of living things
  • Animals and plants
  • Fungi and protoctists
  • Bacteria and viruses
2: Structure in living organisms
  • From cells to systems
  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Movement of substances
3: Nutrition, respiration and gas exchange
  • Plant nutrition and growth
  • Food and diet
  • The digestive system and digestion
  • Respiration
  • Gas exchange
4: Transport in living things
  • The need for transport systems
  • Moving food and water in plants
  • Blood and immunity
  • The heart and circulation
5: Excretion
  • Excretion in plants
  • The organs of excretion in animals
  • The urinary system
6: Coordination and response
  • Responding to the environment
  • Response to stimuli in plants
  • The nervous system
  • Homeostasis and temperature regulation
  • Hormones
7: Reproduction
  • Reproduction in plants
  • Reproduction in humans
  • Roles of hormones in reproduction and development
8: Inheritance
  • Chromosomes and DNA
  • Protein synthesis
  • Genetic variation and evolution
  • Monohybrid inheritance
  • Mitosis and meiosis
9: Ecology and the environment
  • Organisms in the environment
  • Feeding relationships
  • Cycles within ecosystems
  • Human influence on the environment
10: Using biological resources
  • Crop plants
  • Micro-organisms in food production
  • Fish farming
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic modification and cloning
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.