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Biology IGCSE Course

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Gain a Biology IGCSE Qualification

The Biology IGCSE Course is designed to follow the structure of the Edexcel 4BI1 specification. In combination with other suitable IGCSE entry subjects the course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study Biology, or other biological subjects at A level.

The course is designed to give students a broad understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles and to develop skills in biological investigation and give the ability to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of modern scientific developments.

The course has thirteen Tutor-marked Assignments (TMA’s) which include 2 practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The Biology IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel Biology IGCSE (4BI1) Specification for examination in May/June 2025 or later years.

The closing date set by tutors for learners aiming for Summer 2024 exams has passed. The closing date for learners aiming for Summer 2025 exams is 15 November 2024.

The Biology IGCSE assessment is by two written papers:

  • Exam Paper 1 - Biology 1 (2 Hours) is 61.1% of the total marks. There is A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Exam Paper 2 - Biology 2 (1 Hour, 15 Minutes) is 38.9% of the total marks. There is A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Biology IGCSE Course Syllabus

The Biology IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 23 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons:

  • Cells, Organisms, and the Variety of Life
  • Movement of Substances into and out of Cells
  • Investigative Skills A: Design
  • Respiration and Enzymes
  • Investigative Skills B: Carrying Outs

The Module Includes the Following Lessons:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Investigative Skills C: Interpreting; Photosynthesis
  • Transport in Plants and Animals
  • Gas Exchange in Plants and Animals

The Module Includes the Following Lessons:

  • Homeostasis and Excretion
  • The Human Nervous System
  • Hormones in Plants and Animals
  • Human Reproduction
  • Reproduction in Plants

The Module Includes the Following Lessons:

  • Chromosomes, Genes and DNA
  • Cell Division
  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Natural and Artificial Selection
  • Genetic Engineering and Cloning

The Module Includes the Following Lessons:

  • Ecosystems
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Food Production
Twig Resources

Twig ResourcesAs part of this ocurse you will also receive access to Twig resources as part of your course materials. Twig is an award-winning international resource of educational films, and gives you access to three-minute films for Science, as well as worksheets, lesson plans, quizzes and diagrams. To access the Twig resources, you will need an email account, internet access and a password which will be supplied to you after enrolment.

Additional Reading

Students will need the following book to work with alongside their course:

  • Edexcel IGCSE Biology (9-1) Student Book by Phil Bradfield & Steve Potter. (ISBN-13: 978-04351850841).

We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Course Format

The course materials are supplied in a hard-copy format (paper-based) and learners can also receive access to the course notes online through a course portal at no additional charge. 

Learners often find hard-copy materials easier to work through and bookmark but the online access allows additional features such as direct links to YouTube Videos and online quizzes so having both versions available allows the learner the convenience and flexibility of both options. 

There are a set number of tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These are designed to help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student will have access to a course tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times they can be contacted.

There is no limit on how often you can contact a tutor. The advice and encouragement that tutors provide is an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Email or Post. All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most IGCSE examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools who are offering that specification. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Students can decide to study over a one year or two year period (providing the specification and exams are available over that duration). You can sign up for a course at any time although course tutors set closing dates for students aiming for specific examination windows.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Students can decide to study over a one year or two year period (providing the specification and exams are available over that duration). You can sign up for a course at any time although course tutors set closing dates for students aiming for specific examination windows.

Please Note - Closing Dates for Examination Windows:

The nearest examination window we can accept learners for IGCSE Courses is currently Summer 2025.

The closing date for learners aiming towards Summer 2025 examinations will be 15 November 2024.

When closing dates have passed, we can only accept learners aiming towards the next available examination window e.g. Summer 2026, or if more time is needed then learners can choose to aim for the next exam window e.g. Summer 2027 providing the specification is still available. All learners are required to choose their intended exam window as part of their course application.

January Examination Windows: Some IGCSEs also have a winter exam sitting in January. These include English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics. The closing date for learners enroling and aiming for January 2025 examinations is 31 May 2024.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

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