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IGCSEHuman Biology

87% overall pass rate*

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£37/month interest-free

6 months


Total Price

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Start anytimeSupport till summer 2023 results

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ExamsMay/June 2022, January 2023, May/June 2023

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100% onlinewith unlimited 1:1 tutor support

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Multi-buy discountEnrol on 2 GCSE/IGCSEs save 5% | 3 save 10% | 4+ save 15%

  • The same IGCSE qualification you’d get in school, all online
  • 4.8/5 Trustpilot rating from 4000+ independent reviews
  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal Human Biology tutor
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your phone, tablet or laptop

Why is this course right for you?

Our uniquely flexible online Human Biology course means that even if you're working full-time or caring for family, you can fit learning around your busy life.

You'll study human biology at all levels, from cells and tissues up to bones, muscles and joints and the internal organs.

You'll understand our relationship with other living things, and learn how we can modify our environment and behaviour to produce healthy conditions for human life.

Your IGCSE Human Biology will be a stepping stone to further education, a fulfilling career - and a better future.

Entry requirements

You don’t need any previous qualifications to take this course.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.


Course content

This course will teach you the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Human Biology (specification 4HB1).

You’ll learn about:

  • Cells and tissues
  • Biological molecules
  • Movement of substances into and out of cells
  • Bones, muscles and joints
  • Coordination
  • Nutrition and energy
  • Respiration
  • Gas exchange
  • Internal transport
  • Homeostatic mechanisms
  • Reproduction and heredity
  • Disease

For full details of what you’ll learn, download the IGCSE Human Biology course guide.


IGCSE exams

Please note that you’re responsible for booking your exams.

You’ll arrange to sit them at a school or college roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date.

The IGCSE Human Biology (4HB1) exams consist of two written papers:

  • Paper 1: 4HB1/01 – 1 hour 45 minute exam
  • Paper 2: 4HB1/02 – 1 hour 45 minute exam

Your exam fees aren't included in the course cost as you'll pay these directly to your exam centre.

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  • Get help from your personal Biology tutor whenever you get stuck
  • Contact your tutor anytime online or arrange a phone call
  • All our tutors are qualified teachers and subject specialists
  • Complete marked mock exams to ensure you're well-prepared for the real thing
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub


We’re the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

We’re also the UK’s most trusted GCSE provider, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent reviews.

Our flexibility, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get the GCSEs they need to succeed.

An IGCSE is an International GCSE. They’re offered in many independent and private schools in the UK, and are recognised globally as equivalent to GCSEs.

We teach them for some subjects because they’re assessed mainly through exams, not coursework, so they’re better suited to online learning.

Yes, it’s exactly the same.

You’ll sit the same exams at the same time as all the other IGCSE students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

Your IGCSE will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide as equivalent to a GCSE.

Right away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol – you can begin your course at any time.

Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal tutor, online or by phone
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Student forums so you can connect and share advice with other IGCSE students
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up here

Roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date, you should book your place at an exam centre to take the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Human Biology (specification 4HB1) exams.

Your exam centre could be a school or college that's also submitting its own students for the exam, or it could be a private exam centre. Our partner centre, Tutors & Exams, has five exam venues across England and offers various discounts to ICS Learn students. 

Edexcel publish 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.

If you’d like to pay in full, you can enrol online using the ‘Add to Basket’ button at the top of the page.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our GCSE Advisors on 0800 015 3326.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

* Pass rate based on all ICS Learn GCSE and IGCSE students’ results in 2021.

§Access to the Career Hub is unlimited for as long as ICS Learn provides the Career Hub service.

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