Biology IGCSE

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This Home Educated course is designed to develop

  • A broad understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles
  • Skills in biological investigation
  • An ability to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of modern scientific developments.

The IGCSE Biology course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study Biology, or other biological subjects, at AS and A2 level.

The lessons are planned so that all the material and preparation required for the final examination papers is in the following five course modules:

  • 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

The practical work described at various places in this course helps individuals to develop skills for the practical-based components of the theory exams. It is not essential for the student to carry out this work themselves, but if they can undertake some of it at home, or have the opportunity to perform supervised laboratory work in the course of their studies, this will be a great help.

There are 23 lessons and 13 tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), of which two are practice examinations.

Exams in Summer 2018 and January 2019 (4BI0):

There are two written examination papers:

Paper 1: All candidates; 2 hours (120 marks)

Paper 2: Higher Level topics; 1 hour (60 marks)

Paper 1 of IGCSE Biology is exactly the same as one of the three papers in the IGCSE Science qualification.

The course will be graded A* to G


For exams in Summer 2018 and beyond (4BI1):

Paper 1: 2 hours, 61% of the overall marks.

Paper 2: 1 hour and 15 minutes, 39% of the overall marks.

This course will be graded using the new 9-1 grading system with 9 being the highest grade obtainable and Grade 4 will be considered equivalent to the old Grade C.

Biology IGCSE and Home Education FAQs

Oxford Home Schooling IGCSE Biology course matches the content of the Edexcel 4BI0 IGCSE specification in 2018 and the the Edexcel 4BI1 IGCSE specification in 2019 and later years.

When you start your course with us you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser.  Your support period is then up to this examination date.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who have usually studied Science up to and including Key Stage 3 Year 9.

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