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iGCSE Biology (International GCSE) – Exam Included

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iGCSE Biology (International GCSE) – Exam Included

This Course at a Glance

  • Study intricate and complex living organisms 
  • Develop Biology-related mathematical skills 
  • Internationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Progress to Level 3 qualifications
  • 100% online study
  • Exams included 
 

About Your Course

If you have ever envisaged a career in science and research, sport, medicine, forensics or even agriculture, you will need a detailed understanding of living organisms. As the study of life and living matter, Biology is the perfect subject to explore as a steppingstone into these areas. 
 
The earliest level of academic qualification you can gain in Biology is at Level 2, and the iGCSE is the ideal option. Like traditional GCSEs, iGCSEs provide a gateway to further study for students, so you can progress to Level 3 study before completing a degree. 
 
As such, this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1) – Including Exam has been specifically designed to ready you for higher level Biology courses. You will explore an array of interesting and insightful modules, that cover everything from reproduction and inheritance, to the nature and variety of living organisms, ecology and the environment. 
 
This will enable you to identify the unifying patterns and themes in Biology and methods of adapting their use to new and changing situations. You will also have a good comprehension of biological facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques.
 
The course also provides options to localise the content so that the topics covered relate to your own country. As it’s studied online, extra attention has been paid to creating content that is engaging and interesting. Overall, this iGCSE course has been verified as adequate preparation for anyone who wants to further their knowledge of Biology, subjects in biological sciences and more.
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online course provider. This International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1) – Including Exam is an Edexcel academic qualification awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation. This course is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications offered by Pearson.
 
With more than 150 years of international education experience, Edexcel qualifications have firm academic foundations, built on the traditions and rigour associated with Britain’s education system.
 
Being offered completely online, this course also provides you with the flexibility of completing your iGCSEs from the comfort of home, or wherever suits you best. There are no classes or restrictive timetables to adhere to, so you can simply log on and learn as and when you have the time.
Unit 1: The Nature and Variety of Living Organisms
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Characteristics of living organisms
  • Variety of living organisms
Unit 2: Structure and Functions in Living Organisms
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Level of organisation
  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Movement of substances into and out of cells
  • Nutrition
  • Respiration
  • Gas exchange
  • Transport
  • Excretion
  • Co-ordination and response
Unit 3: Reproduction and Inheritance
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
Unit 4: Ecology and the Environment
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • The organism in the environment
  • Feeding relationships
  • Cycles within ecosystems
  • Human influences on the environment
Unit 5: Use of Biological Resources
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Food production
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic modification (genetic engineering)
  • Cloning

This online iGCSE qualification builds on the content, knowledge and skills that are explored and developed in Key Stage 3, the programme of study aimed at ages 11–14, or international equivalents for Science.

As such, there are no entry requirements to enrol on this course. However, the assessments for this iGCSE are only available in English, and for this reason, each learner must be able to work in English.

It is recommended that learners can read and write in English at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

The assessment for this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology comprises two externally-assessed papers:
Biology Paper 1
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June
  • 61.1% of the total International GCSE
  • Questions can be from all topics covered in the course 
  • 2-hour written examination 
  • 110 total marks 
  • A combination of question styles 
  • A calculator may be used 
Biology Paper 2
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June
  • 38.9% of the total International GCSE 
  • Questions can be from all topics covered in the course 
  • 1-hour and 15-minute written examination 
  • 70 total marks
  • A combination of question styles 
  • A calculator may be used 

Tutors & Exams

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams currently have five examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

In addition to their examination centres they also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round and access to another Science laboratory located in London.

Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel logo

Upon successful completion of the course and associated exams, you will have gained an iGCSE in Biology. 

International GCSEs (iGCSEs) enable successful progression to A Level study and beyond. This course has been created in collaboration with International Advanced Level and GCE A Level Teachers, as well as Higher Education Professors to validate the appropriateness of the qualification, including its content, skills development and assessment structure.

Pearson Edexcel are the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). They offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.

Progression

By successfully completing this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1), and the associated exams, you can progress to:
  • International Advanced Subsidiary, for example in Biology 
  • International Advanced Level, for example in Biology
  • GCE Advanced Subsidiary, for example in Biology
  • GCE Advanced Level, for example in Biology
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science, for example, BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
  • Other comparable, Level 3 qualifications, such as Access to Higher Education Diplomas
  • Employment, for example in a science-based industry where an apprenticeship may be available

iGCSE Biology (International GCSE) – Exam Included

This Course at a Glance

  • Study intricate and complex living organisms 
  • Develop Biology-related mathematical skills 
  • Internationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Progress to Level 3 qualifications
  • 100% online study
  • Exams included 
 

About Your Course

If you have ever envisaged a career in science and research, sport, medicine, forensics or even agriculture, you will need a detailed understanding of living organisms. As the study of life and living matter, Biology is the perfect subject to explore as a steppingstone into these areas. 
 
The earliest level of academic qualification you can gain in Biology is at Level 2, and the iGCSE is the ideal option. Like traditional GCSEs, iGCSEs provide a gateway to further study for students, so you can progress to Level 3 study before completing a degree. 
 
As such, this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1) – Including Exam has been specifically designed to ready you for higher level Biology courses. You will explore an array of interesting and insightful modules, that cover everything from reproduction and inheritance, to the nature and variety of living organisms, ecology and the environment. 
 
This will enable you to identify the unifying patterns and themes in Biology and methods of adapting their use to new and changing situations. You will also have a good comprehension of biological facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques.
 
The course also provides options to localise the content so that the topics covered relate to your own country. As it’s studied online, extra attention has been paid to creating content that is engaging and interesting. Overall, this iGCSE course has been verified as adequate preparation for anyone who wants to further their knowledge of Biology, subjects in biological sciences and more.
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online course provider. This International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1) – Including Exam is an Edexcel academic qualification awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation. This course is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications offered by Pearson.
 
With more than 150 years of international education experience, Edexcel qualifications have firm academic foundations, built on the traditions and rigour associated with Britain’s education system.
 
Being offered completely online, this course also provides you with the flexibility of completing your iGCSEs from the comfort of home, or wherever suits you best. There are no classes or restrictive timetables to adhere to, so you can simply log on and learn as and when you have the time.

Modules

Unit 1: The Nature and Variety of Living Organisms
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Characteristics of living organisms
  • Variety of living organisms
Unit 2: Structure and Functions in Living Organisms
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Level of organisation
  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Movement of substances into and out of cells
  • Nutrition
  • Respiration
  • Gas exchange
  • Transport
  • Excretion
  • Co-ordination and response
Unit 3: Reproduction and Inheritance
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
Unit 4: Ecology and the Environment
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • The organism in the environment
  • Feeding relationships
  • Cycles within ecosystems
  • Human influences on the environment
Unit 5: Use of Biological Resources
The following sub-topics are covered in this section:
  • Food production
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic modification (genetic engineering)
  • Cloning

Requirements

This online iGCSE qualification builds on the content, knowledge and skills that are explored and developed in Key Stage 3, the programme of study aimed at ages 11–14, or international equivalents for Science.

As such, there are no entry requirements to enrol on this course. However, the assessments for this iGCSE are only available in English, and for this reason, each learner must be able to work in English.

It is recommended that learners can read and write in English at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

Assessment

The assessment for this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology comprises two externally-assessed papers:
Biology Paper 1
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June
  • 61.1% of the total International GCSE
  • Questions can be from all topics covered in the course 
  • 2-hour written examination 
  • 110 total marks 
  • A combination of question styles 
  • A calculator may be used 
Biology Paper 2
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June
  • 38.9% of the total International GCSE 
  • Questions can be from all topics covered in the course 
  • 1-hour and 15-minute written examination 
  • 70 total marks
  • A combination of question styles 
  • A calculator may be used 

Tutors & Exams

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams currently have five examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

In addition to their examination centres they also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round and access to another Science laboratory located in London.

Qualifications

Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel logo

Upon successful completion of the course and associated exams, you will have gained an iGCSE in Biology. 

International GCSEs (iGCSEs) enable successful progression to A Level study and beyond. This course has been created in collaboration with International Advanced Level and GCE A Level Teachers, as well as Higher Education Professors to validate the appropriateness of the qualification, including its content, skills development and assessment structure.

Pearson Edexcel are the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). They offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.

Progression

By successfully completing this International GCSE (iGCSE) Biology (9-1), and the associated exams, you can progress to:
  • International Advanced Subsidiary, for example in Biology 
  • International Advanced Level, for example in Biology
  • GCE Advanced Subsidiary, for example in Biology
  • GCE Advanced Level, for example in Biology
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications in Science, for example, BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
  • Other comparable, Level 3 qualifications, such as Access to Higher Education Diplomas
  • Employment, for example in a science-based industry where an apprenticeship may be available

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