What could be more fascinating than the study of life itself? Whether you’re interested in how DNA determines our individual characteristics, how the human mind works, or the diversity of the animal kingdom, biology explores it all.
An IGCSE in Biology will open the door to a wide variety of exciting professions, including medicine, dentistry, zoology, microbiology, pharmacology and much more.
What you will learn
Unit 1 - Living Organisms
Characteristics of living organisms
Variety of living organisms
Unit 2 - Structure and Functions in Living Organisms
Organisation and cell structure
Nutrition in plants and animals
Respiration and gas exchange
Excretion and the immune response
Nervous response and senses
Hormonal response in animals and plants
Unit 3 - Reproduction and Inheritance
Reproduction in animals
Reproduction in plants
Genetics and inheritance
Evolution and natural selection
Treating and preventing disease
Unit 4 - Ecology and the Environment
Biodiversity and feeding relationships
Human influences on the environment
Unit 5 - Use of Biological Resources
Food production and selective breeding
Genetic modification and cloning
Unit 6 - Preparing for Your Exam: 4BI1
Paper 1 (4BI1/1B)
Paper 2 (4BI1/2B)
Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an IGCSE in Biology (1BI0), issued by Edexcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for examinations for Summer 2024.
You’ll be required to complete two IGCSE standard written exams:
Paper 1 – Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.
Paper 2 – Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.
The exams contain a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. All exams must be taken in the same session.
We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.
During your course, there is no coursework to complete but you will be required to complete a range of assignments. These don’t contribute to your final grade but will help to prepare you for your final examinations.
There are no formal entry requirements for this level two Biology IGCSE course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write in English.
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