IGCSE Biology


Embark on an enriching journey with our IGCSE Biology course. Uncover the secrets of life and open doors to diverse career paths.

IGCSE Biology

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About This Course

Delve into the captivating study of life with IGCSE Biology, exploring DNA, the human mind, and the diversity of the animal kingdom. This course opens doors to exciting professions in medicine, dentistry, zoology, microbiology, pharmacology, and more.

IGCSE Biology not only enriches your understanding of life sciences but also cultivates practical skills through hands-on experiments. Grasp the intricacies of ecosystems, cellular biology, and human physiology, with real-world applications preparing you for a future where biological knowledge is the key to solving global challenges.

This challenging and rewarding course helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in diverse fields. Explore the wonders of living organisms, laying the foundation for a lifelong journey of learning and growth.

Course Benefits

Split into 6 units, every element of this course expands your understanding of Biology, enabling you to achieve the theoretical knowledge needed to pass your exam.

This course will allow you to:

  • Obtain an Edexcel IGCSE Biology qualification
  • Receive support from our exam experts for feedback and guidance
  • Study for your IGCSE from the comfort of home, at your own pace

Course Units

Qualification Number: 4BI0

Unit 1: Living Organisms

Unit 2: Structure and Functions in Living Organisms

Unit 3: Reproduction and Inheritance

Unit 4: Ecology and the Environment

Unit 5: Use of Biological Resources

Unit 6: Preparing for Your Exam: 4BI1


This linear qualification requires students to sit all exams at the course’s end. Two IGCSE standard written exams are mandatory:

  • Paper 1: Written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: Written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.

Exams feature diverse question styles, including multiple-choice, short-answer, calculations, and extended open-response questions. We guarantee exam space in our partner centres across the UK.

Throughout the course, complete various assignments. While these assignments don’t contribute to your final grade, they offer opportunities to submit work for marking and feedback, aiding in progress monitoring.

Paper 1:

  • 1 hour and 45 minutes written exam
  • 50% of total IGCSE Biology, 100 marks

Paper 2:

  • 1 hour and 45 minutes written exam
  • 50% of total IGCSE Biology, 100 marks

Required Knowledge

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or qualifications in biology to enrol on this course.

Awarding Body

Upon passing your exams, you’ll have achieved an Edexcel IGCSE Biology qualification.


From the time you enrol to the time you sit your exams, you’ll be supported and guided by hands-on tutors and student support. Distance learning doesn’t mean distance support with us, as you’ll be paired with exam-expert personal tutors who will guide and mentor you towards success.

In-depth study guides and self-assessment exercises mean you’ll be able to consolidate what you’ve learned, ready to tackle your exams head on. We’ll even help you book your exams, leaving you able to focus on your studies.

The materials have been designed to make studying for your IGCSEs as engaging and accessible as possible. Revision can be stressful, but we’re committed to providing you with all the support you need to pass your exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

The decision to study at a foundation or higher tier for your GCSEs depends on your current level of knowledge and your future goals.

Foundation Tier

  • Designed for students who may find the subject challenging or need additional support. There is a more limited range of topics at a lower level of difficulty.
  • You can achieve grades 1-5 (formerly G to C) on the foundation tier.
  • Foundation tier may be suitable if you struggle with the subject or don’t plan to pursue further education in that subject. It’s considered a more achievable pathway to success.

Higher Tier

  • Higher tier is more comprehensive and covers a broader range of topics at a higher level of difficulty.
  • You can achieve grades 4-9 (formerly C-A*) on the higher tier.
  • If you are confident in the subject and plan to study it at a higher level or pursue a career that requires a strong understanding of the subject, then a higher tier might be the right choice. It also leaves more doors open for advanced studies.

Students who reside outside of the United Kingdom are able to study our GCSE courses. However, examinations must occur within the UK.

There are no prerequisites or required qualifications to study this course.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re ready!

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

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