International GCSE Biology

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Biology IGCSE Distance Learning

How does the heart pump blood around the body? How do organisms develop, grow and reproduce? Investigate the answers to these and other fascinating questions in a course which focuses on life itself. This stimulating course is packed full of drawings, diagrams and graphs to help you master the topic easily.

The Oxford Open Learning Trust’s international GCSE Biology course is designed to follow the structure of the Edexcel 4BI0 specification and is divided into five modules, as follows:

  • Cells and Organisms
  • Plant and Animal Physiology A
  • Plant and Animal Physiology B
  • Inheritance
  • Ecology and Food Production

The International GCSE Biology course enables students to develop a range of scientific skills as they work with diagrams, graphs, statistics, photographic images and online media.

Students should have internet access to carry out some of the research and lesson activities.  To find out more about the course click on the link to the course introduction in the sidebar to the right of this page.

Oxford Open Learning’s International GCSE Biology  course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel international GCSE in Biology (4BI0) for examination in June 2017 or later years.

The International GCSE Biology is assessed by written examination.

  • Paper 1 lasts two hours and is worth two-thirds of the marks.
  • Paper 2 lasts one hour and is worth one third of the marks.
  • There is no coursework and no practical examination.

For further details, read our blog about the course here, or click on the link to the course introduction to the right on this page.

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Biology IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE Biology is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE Biology does not include practical course work, making it convenient for distance learners.

The Biology International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

The Oxford Open Learning courses which are enriched by Twig include 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 special 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.

What our students think…

The thought of taking an IGCSE Science at 47 was daunting but I needed it in order to be able to take on Teacher Training. Oxford Open Learning course materials made it easy to learn and my tutor spent some time on the phone talking through questions that I didn’t know how to attempt. Tutor-Marked Assignment’s were marked quickly and gave useful feedback. Thank you for the great materials and the professionalism of your tutor which helped me to achieve an A.

Tania Hynard, Biology IGCSE, Grade A

Tania Hynard, Oxford Open Learning Biology GCSE student

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