Human Biology IGCSE Course

£ 306.16

Learn the science of biology with the Distance Learning Centre. Our Human Biology IGCSE course covers Physiology, Cells, Disease and many more.

Course Description

The Human Biology IGCSE Course is designed to develop a positive attitude to human biology in the twenty-first century. It attempts to look at the way biology affects your everyday life and how you can evaluate the scientific material that you come across in newspapers, magazines and on the television. The course consists of 5 modules containing twenty-four lessons and has ten tutor marked assignments (TMAs) which include two practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The Human Biology IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE Human Biology (4HB1) Specifications for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1: Human Biology 1 (2 Hours) is 66.7% 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.
  • Paper 2: Human Biology 2 (1 Hour) is 33.3% 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.

Human Biology IGCSE Course Syllabus

The Human Biology IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 24 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Cells, Tissues and Organs; Movement of Substances into and out of Cells; Investigative Skills A: Design; Respiration and Enzymes; and Investigative Skills B: Carrying Out.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Nutrition; Investigative Skills C: Interpreting; Digestion; The Circulatory System; Heart Disease and Exercise; and Breathing and Gas Exchange.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Homeostasis and Excretion; Sensory Receptors; The Nervous System; Bones, Muscles and Joints; and Hormones, Drugs, Liver, and Kidney Failure.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Reproduction; Chromosomes, Genes and Nucleic Acids; Cell Division; Genes and Inheritance; and Gene Technology.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Pathogens and Disease; Defence against Disease; and Final Topics.

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.


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.

Additional Reading

Students will need the following book to use in conjunction with their course:

  • Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Human Biology Student Book (2017) by Phil Bradfield and Steve Potter. (ISBN-13: 9780435184988)

Duration & Support

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.

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 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 & 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. 

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials and Online Content

Self-Study Time

Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)