Biology IGCSE

Our course code: X805

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This distance learning IGCSE Biology course is designed to develop a broad understanding of biological principles and concepts, whilst developing learners’ key biological investigative skills. You’ll delve into the deepest mechanisms of cell division and cell functions within different organisms, as well as discovering how the various systems of the human body work together to facilitate life. From genetics and evolution to biodiversity and deforestation, you’ll have a solid foundation in biological studies after completing this online GCSE Biology course.

Students who study IGCSE Biology may go on to study A-Level Biology, particularly those who want a career in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing, and forensic science. GCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers.

This GCSE Biology course has been written to the latest CAIE specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final IGCSE examinations in the UK.

Please note that the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is in the Summer of 2021.

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 (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll 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)

GCSE Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop the 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)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: CAIE
  • Our course code: X805
  • Qualification code: 0970
  • Official Qualification Title: IGCSE Biology

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours of 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, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your unlimited tutor support will continue throughout this time. You can enrol today and you will shortly receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) to access the learning materials.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You’ll be required to complete five IGCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • Multiple choice paper: 45 minutes, 30% of IGCSE, 40 marks.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 80 marks.
  • Written exam based on experimental skills: 1 hour, 20% of IGCSE, 40 marks.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK 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 to complete a range of assignments that 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 Cambridge Assessment International Education. 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: Cell biology

Investigate the structure of the basic building blocks of life.

2: Organisation

Learn about the digestive system! Explore the functions and actions of the digestive systems of humans and animals, and how essential nutrients are extracted and moved through the body. Go on to explore the organs of the body and their roles before looking at non-communicable diseases such as heart failure and cancer.

3: Infection and response

This section will explore how we can avoid diseases by reducing contact with them, as well as how the body uses barriers against pathogens. This topic takes you through viral, bacterial and fungal infections.

4: Bioenergetics

This topic explores the systems and processes used by a variety of life to harness energy from their food and environment.

5: Homeostasis and response

Cells in the body can only survive within narrow limits – the body’s environment needs to be constantly maintained. This topic explores how the body maintains this delicate balance and how it reacts to change.

6: Inheritance, variation and evolution

Evolution is the science of life’s change and adaptation in response to the challenges of the environment. Through the study of inherited traits, we can examine how various lifeforms develop to suit their environments best.

7: Ecology

It’s the circle of life! And you’ll get to study it in ecology. You’ll look at food chains and the various cycles of life which surround us.

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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.

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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.

There may also be additional costs involved in arranging your practical assessment preparation.

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 that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!