Biology IGCSE | Science Home Schooling Courses | Oxford Home Schooling

    International GCSE Biology

    Course information

    Covering a broad range of topics, from cell and plant life to ecology and food production, the International GCSE Biology course is a popular choice for students that require a basic level of biological understanding before studying the topic at A level.

    The course itself is made up of five 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

    There are 23 lessons and 13 tutor-marked assessments, two of which are mock examinations. Each lesson will challenge the student, helping them to achieve the targets set throughout each module. This, in turn, will prepare them for future examinations.  A more comprehensive summary can be found in the course introduction.


    Practical Work

    Throughout the course, there will be a mixture of both theoretical and practical science,

    The practical work described at various places in this course is to help to develop your skills for the practical-based components of the theory exams. You should try to carry out this work yourself; if you can undertake some of it at home, this will be a great help.

    Three of the lessons are devoted to the development of practical skills

    The exam will include written questions on practical based study. There is no practical examination.


    Examinations and Assessment

    The Oxford Home Schooling International GCSE Biology course matches the content of the Edexcel  4BI1 International GCSE specification for examination in summer 2022 and later years.  The examinations taken on the Biology course are split into two.

    The first – Paper 1 – is out of 120 marks and contributes to 61% of the final mark. This examination will last for two hours and covers the core topics only.

    The second examination – Paper 2 – covers both the core and higher topics. This paper is out of 60 marks and lasts for 75 minutes.

    Course duration and study time

    When you enrol with Oxford Home Schooling we will agree on an intended examination date with you.  Your support will last all the way up to this examination date, regardless of whether you decide to do the course in 9 months or 30.

    The recommended number of study hours for this course is 200 hours.

    Online Course? Paper Based? Somewhere in between? It’s your choice!

    All of our International GCSE Biology students receive:

    • Traditional printed learning materials
    • Access to our online resources with on-the-go access to all your regular lessons
    • Unmatched support by a fully qualified teacher online and by phone
    Learn more about Hybrid Online Learning

    Explore the diverse and interesting world of Biology, Apply now!

    Course price

    Our Biology IGCSE course fee is £375

    You may pay using our interest free easy payment scheme. Pay a £75 deposit followed by eight monthly instalments of £37.50.

    You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education.

    This support includes:

    • Marking all assignments for the course
    • Written answers to specific study problems
    • Telephone contact

    When you begin this course, you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.

    Hi! We are currently open and an experienced Student Adviser is available to answer any questions you may have. Our number is 0800 0 111 024

    Request a call back

    Meet Our Tutors

    Having taught in secondary schools and in a sixth form college for over 15 years I have a wide range of experiences that I can use to support you on your journey. From studying a Biological Sciences Degree at Lancaster University I decided to pursue a career in education starting in secondary schools teaching both KS3 and GCSEs to all abilities

    Angeline Keightley B.Sc, PGCE

    If you would like more information Enquire Now!

    Or if you are ready Apply Now!

    What’s next?

    After completing their International GCSE Biology, many students go on to study any one of or all of the sciences at A level. From here, they will have a number of options, including university study as well as a range of professional careers.

    Applying for a BTEC is another option that’s open to students that pass their International GCSE Biology, with Health and Social Care and Public Services being two of the most popular choices.

    A career in biological science?

    Learn the fundamentals of biology, enhance your knowledge and equip yourself with a solid foundation on which a career in science can be built. Our Biology course is a home educated course that will equip you with everything you need to study the course at a higher level in the future.

    In terms of career options, the skills and knowledge that students learn while studying for their Biology International GCSE provide them with plenty of opportunities. Not only does a Biology International GCSE provide a clear path into the NHS, it is also beneficial for students looking to explore a career in science, research or the environment.

    Supported by Online Videos

    In association with Twig World, The Biology International GCSE is enriched by extensive links to appropriate films (and other supporting material), lesson by lesson. The student hops from the course materials to the films and back again.

    To access the films, students need a password, supplied at enrolment. Students also need internet access and an e-mail account to benefit from this extraordinary resource which is offered as a “free” extra to students on the relevant courses.

    *Third party content terms and conditions apply


    Pearson Edexcel International Biology Student


    • Oxford Home Schooling is a long-established business that prides itself on
      • treating every student as an individual
      • customer service
      • course quality.
    • We’re rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot by students who have studied with us.
    • We provide online and printed materials so you can study your way.
    • We make it easy for you to home-educate your children with our flexible schedule, tutor support, and interest-free payment plan.
    • Every year we help hundreds of Children who have left mainstream education obtain the qualifications they need to progress and achieve their goals
    • Oxford Home Schooling is part of a not-for-profit trust so you can be sure that your course fees are spent on either your tuition or on improving our courses

    Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) qualifications are comparable to the UK GCSE, with appropriate international content and assessment that will enable successful progression for learners.

    Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are studied in over 80 countries worldwide and in independent schools in the UK. Available in 37 subjects, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs and accepted by universities globally. Aimed at learners aged 14 to 16, they provide the skills and knowledge needed to progress to A Levels, International A Levels, onto university and into employment.

    Full details of Pearson Edexcel’s International GCSEs can be found here

    You can enrol any time you like, the earlier the better. The important thing to think about is when you wish to sit your exam and give yourself plenty of time to work through your materials and revise successfully. Our cut of dates for enrolment can be found here.

    Once you have enrolled you will get access to your course online immediately and your printed course materials will arrive a few days later.

    The Biology IGCSE can be sat in the Summer or the Autumn examination series.  The Summer series typically runs from mid-May to late June and the Autumn series is in November.

    The final date for booking summer exams with the exam board without incurring late entry fees is the 21st of February, you should book your place at an exam centre well in advance of this date. Start looking once the autumn term begins.

    All the information you need to book an exam centre can be found in our Exams Hub . here you will find

    • Detailed Instructions
    • Entry Codes needed to book exams
    • Our map of examination centres where our students have sat in recent years.

    Tutors & Exams, offers discounts to Oxford Home Schooling students and has nine exam venues across the UK, including: Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton,  Coventry, Doncaster, High Wycombe, Romford, St Neots, Taunton and Wimbledon.

    Pearson Edexcel also publishes a list of exam centres that accept private candidates. This won’t cover every available centre, so if there’s nothing shown in your area, we recommend contacting local schools and colleges directly.

    Your exam fees aren’t included in the course cost as they’re paid directly to the exam centre. They’ll vary depending on which centre you choose.  Generally speaking, dedicated examination services will be more expensive than a local school or college.  Prices range from £100 to £250 pounds.

    First fill out our application form giving us and our tutors as much information as possible about your child.  Once the application has been received and assessed by our admissions department, your Student Adviser will contact you to discuss and confirm your selections and to get you started.