The IGCSE Human Biology online course will teach you about the structure and functions of the human body while developing your experimental skills.
You'll study human biology at all levels, from cells and tissues up to bones, muscles and joints and the internal organs and their functions. You'll develop an understanding of how the human organism maintains itself.
Through the course, you'll come to understand the relationships between humans and other animals, and our dependence on plants. You'll also learn how humans can modify their environment and behaviour to produce healthy conditions for present and future populations.
The IGCSE Human Biology course finishes by taking a wider perspective, looking at the relationship between humans and their environment and biological resources.
The study of biology is key for numberous 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.
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.
The Human Biology IGCSE course is designed to prepare you for the Edexcel IGCSE in Human Biology (4HB0 Specification) exams that take place in June every year. For more information about exams please see the section on 'Assessment'.
The topics you'll cover are:
Cells and tissues
Movement of substances into and out of cells
Bones, muscles and joints
Nutrition and energy
Reproduction and heredity
Non-pathogenic organisms and their importance
The IGCSE Human Biology course is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the perfect foundation if you're thinking about studying nursing, biology, medicine or dentistry at a higher level.
It'll be useful in a wide number of fields, but especially if you want to work in health, fitness or education.
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on our IGCSE Human Biology course. That's because we believe in making home study - 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
The study of biology is essential if you plan a career in medicine or dentistry, and is useful in many health-related jobs such as nursing or fitness.
Having an IGCSE Human Biology tells prospective employers that you have the ability to think analytically and logically, useful traits in any role.
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.
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.
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 modules 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:
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, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, 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 marked and 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.
To ensure you're ready for your exams, your tutor will set you:
All your work will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know which areas you're doing well in and which you need to work on.
Exams take place every January and June.
The final IGCSE exam consists of two written exam papers set and marked by Edexcel.
Human Biology - Paper 1
Human Biology - Paper 2
In both papers, you may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs, and describe, explain and interpret biological phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to you; these questions are designed to assess your data-handling skills and your ability to apply biological principles to unfamiliar information.
Questions targeted at grades A* - B will include questions designed to test knowledge, understanding and skills at a higher level, including some questions requiring longer prose answers.
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!