1Course Overview

IGCSE Biology

Course code: OSC1140

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Pursue your studies in biology, from home!

The IGCSE biology is an internationally renowned qualification that is recognised worldwide by universities, schools and employers as equivalent in status and academic rigour to a UK GCSE.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in biology, the IGCSE Biology course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study biology at A-Level
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving biology, such as nursing, dentistry, forensic science and psychology

The IGCSE Biology course enables you to:

  • Gain an understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles
  • Discover the importance of accurate experimental work to the scientific method
  • Develop your interest in the study of living organisms
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in Biology at A-Level and BTEC Level
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2Course Content

Specification: Edexcel 4BI1

Biology Paper 1 (4BI1/1B):
  • Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms
  • Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance
  • Section 4: Ecology and the environment
  • Section 5: Use of biological resources
Biology Paper 2 (4BI1/2B):
  • Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms
  • Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance
  • Section 4: Ecology and the environment
  • Section 5: Use of biological resources
3Other Information


To achieve an IGCSE in Biology you will be assessed across the above sections. All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations.

A range of practical skills for this course will be assessed through written exams. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper: Biology Paper 1 4BI1/1B
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Weighing: 66% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 120
  • Assessed: 1-5 sections of the biology paper 1
  • Paper: Biology Paper 2 4BI1/2B
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Assessed: 1-5 sections of the biology paper 2

Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.

The first chance to sit the exam associated with this specification will be June 2019. 

Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete the full IGCSE Biology course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an IGCSE Biology by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an IGCSE in Biology.

The IGCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world as an international equivalent to a UK GCSE. It is awarded by Edexcel.

It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.


Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

Yes! IGCSE’s are equivalent to GCSE’s. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, you receive full tutor support via email and they are internationally recognised.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official IGCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself. You can find out more about where to sit your examinations and practicals by visiting the Pearson Edexcel website.

The first chance to sit the exam associated with this specification will be June 2019. 

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Are there any additional costs?

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this IGCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.


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