Oxford Open Learning offers a brand new IGCSE Biology course developed to the requirements of the Edexcel IGCSE specification (4BI0) and provides excellent preparation for the new IGCSE examination first available in June 2011.
The course consists of 5 modules containing 23 lessons, with 11 Tutor-Marked Assignments, plus a substantial mock Exam.
The five modules are:
Module 1: Cells and Organisms
Module 2: Plant and Animal Physiology A
Module 3: Plant and Animal Physiology B
Module 4: Inheritance
Module 5: Ecology and Food Production
Students will need to buy the Edexcel IGCSE Biology student book as this forms an integral part of the course. You will also need to have access to the internet.
The textbook that is referred to throughout this course is:
Edexcel IGCSE Biology (2009)
Authors: Phil Bradfield and Steve Potter
Publisher: Pearson Education ISBN: 978 0 435966 88 1
You can order this via our website.
There are two written exams lasting two hours and one hour respectively
Paper One: the total number of marks is 120, two thirds of the overall total. The paper examines all of the specification content and all of the assessment objectives. There will be a range of compulsory short-answer, structured questions, which gradually increase in difficulty to ensure accessibility for less able students, as well as to stretch more able students.
Paper Two: the total number of marks is 60, one third of the overall total. This paper also examines all of the specification content, but will focus on investigation and the analysis of data.
In both papers, students may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs and describe, explain and interpret biological phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to students; these questions are designed to assess data-handling skills and the ability to apply biological principles to unfamiliar information.