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.
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 thirteen Tutor-marked Assignments (TMA’s) which include 2 practice exam assignments.
The Biology IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel Biology IGCSE (4BI1) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. 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.
The Biology IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 23 Lessons:
- Module 1: Cells and Organisms
- Module 2: Plant and Animal Physiology A
- Module 3: Plant and Animal Physiology B
- Module 4: Inheritance
- Module 5: Ecology and Food Production
As 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.
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.
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.
Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. 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.
All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools. 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 and dealing with coursework forms, 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.
Examination Dates and Exam fees:
Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. 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.
Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.
Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.
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.