The Biology IGCSE Course is designed to follow the structure of the Edexcel 4BI0 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.

Each lesson of the Biology IGCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment tests. The course includes 13 Tutor-marked Assignments (TMA’s) including 2 Mock Exam Assignments.

The Biology IGCSE course is divided into the following five modules:

  • Cells and Organisms
  • Plant and Animal Physiology A
  • Plant and Animal Physiology B
  • Inheritance
  • Ecology and Food Production

Twig Resources

We hope that students of this course will also take the opportunity to learn from the wealth of Twig resources to which this course is linked. Twig have produced more than a thousand educational films, particularly for science, maths and geography and these complement the lesson materials here to enhance the learning experience. To view the films, you will need an e-mail account, internet access and a password, supplied to you after enrolment.

The Syllabus:

The Biology IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in Biology (4BI0) Specification for examinations in May/June 2018. A resit paper is available in January 2019.

Please Note: This specification will be available until the May/June 2018 exams, and a new specification (4BI1) with the new grading system (9 - 1) will be introduced in 2017 for first exams in May/June 2019. A course for the new specification should be available in September 2017.

Examinations:

Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1: 2 Hours (Untiered)
  • Paper 2: 1 Hour (Untiered)

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Additional Reading:

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

  • Edexcel IGCSE Biology (2009) by Phil Bradfield & Steve Potter. (ISBN-10: 043596688X - ISBN-13: 978-0435966881).

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

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal 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 for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

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.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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