Choose the right course provider
A quick online search will show you that there are a lot of providers offering online GCSE or International GCSE Biology courses, however, before you hand over your hard-earned money you should be entirely sure that what you’re purchasing will suit your needs.
First and foremost, you should make sure that the course has been accredited by a recognised exam board such as AQA or Pearson Edexcel. This ensures that the course syllabus has been designed to properly prepare you for the exam and that the materials you receive are of high quality.
The next thing you’ll need to find out is whether the course comes with a personal Biology tutor that can be on hand to help when you run into difficulty. Having someone on hand to explain problems to you when needed can be the difference between giving up and getting that all-important pass.
Take note of the other support on offer too, such as student forums, practice tests, and mock exams. You should compare what each provider offers and make sure you get the most for your money.
The final thing to consider is the structure of the course. Some providers will only allow you to enrol at set times of the year or insist that you log a set amount of study hours per week. Other providers (like us!) take a much more flexible approach that will encourage you to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. This ensures that your learning shapes around your busy lifestyle and not the other way around.
Do you choose a GCSE or an IGCSE?
One of the first things you’ll be confronted with when preparing to retake GCSE Biology is whether you want to study it as a GCSE or an International GCSE. Don’t panic though! It’s actually not an overly difficult choice to make as at the end of the day, both are globally recognised as equivalent qualifications(the ‘I’ in IGCSE actually just stands for International).
The main difference between GCSEs and International GCSEs comes down to coursework, which is a requirement of most GCSEs, but is not required at all for International GCSEs. This simply means that International GCSEs are better suited for being taught online, so you might find that most online providers will exclusively offer International GCSE courses.