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The IGCSE Biology online course will give you a firm grounding in biological facts and principles and develop your experimental skills.

You'll study living things of every size across both the plant and animal kingdoms. You'll examine their structures, their functions, and their characteristics, and learn about reproduction and inheritance.

The IGCSE Biology course also takes a wider perspective, looking at ecology and the environment, and use of biological resources.

Biology is a key subject for many courses and careers, such as medicine and many STEM fields. Its study will demonstrate your skill in research, problem solving, organisation and analytical thinking, valuable qualities in any role.

What are IGCSEs?

IGCSEs are International GCSEs – they’re equivalent to regular GCSEs and are offered in many independent and private schools in the UK. We teach them because they’re assessed mainly through exams, not coursework, so they’re more suited to online learning.

This course will prepare you for the Edexcel IGCSE Biology syllabus (4BI0) exams that take place in January and June every year. For exam details see the 'Assessment' section below.

The IGCSE Biology coursework covers a range of topics relating to all types of living organisms and their relationships. You'll study:

Nature and variety of living organisms

  1. You will learn the characteristics shared by all living organisms and the features which define the different groups, such as plants, animals, fungi and others.

Structures and functions in living organisms

  1. You will learn the basics of cell structure and biological molecules. Nutrition and respiration are described, as are gas exchange, transport and excretion. You will also learn about the issues involved in coordination and response.

Reproduction and inheritance

  1. You will learn the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction and look at the different processes in plants and humans. You will also study the process of inheritance and the role of genes, chromosomes and DNA.

Ecology and the environment

  1. You will look at the relationship of an organism and its environment and learn about feeding relationships and cycles within ecosystems. The course will also teach you about human influences on the environment.

Use of biological resources

  1. You will learn about different types of food production by humans and about selective breeding, genetic modification and cloning.

The IGCSE Biology course is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It can count towards entry requirements for a number of college and university courses, and it's the perfect foundation if you're thinking about studying biology, medicine, or STEM subjects at a higher level.

It will be especially useful if you want to work in fields such as medicine, dentistry, health, conservation and education.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE Biology course. That's because we believe in making learning - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. 

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

The study of biology is essential if you plan a career in medicine, dentistry, or as a vet. It's also required or highly useful for many other subjects, including many STEM and health-related fields.

Having an IGCSE Biology tells a prospective employer you have the ability to think analytically and logically, solve problems, and commit to learning.

If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.

You could also do an apprenticeship, or take a vocational course related to a specific job or sector such as an NVQ or BTEC.


We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

The last exam opportunity for this course is January 2019.

We'll offer a new version of the course in Summer 2018, with a first exam point of Summer 2019. For more information, please contact our GCSE advisors.

Practice Assessments

To prepare you for your exams, your tutor will set you:

  1. 4 test papers
  2. 2 mock examination papers

They'll be marked and given feedback by your tutor so you know exactly where your strengths are and where you need to improve.

External Assessment

The final IGCSE exam consists of two written exam papers set and marked by Edexcel:

  1. Paper 1 4BI0/1B - 2 hour exam. The maximum mark for this paper is 120.
  2. Paper 2 4BI0/2B - 1 hour exam. The maximum mark for this paper is 60.


Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate at a local school or college. The school or college will charge a fee for this.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools. 

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!