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The same International GCSE qualification you’d get in school, all online
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Why is this course right for you?
International GCSEs are highly respected by colleges, universities and employers worldwide. They’ll help you access higher education nationally or internationally and build a rewarding global career.
With us, you can study the prestigious International GCSE Biology qualification online from anywhere in the world.
You'll study living things of every size across both the plant and animal kingdoms. You’ll also take a wider perspective, looking at ecology, the environment, and biological resources.
Our flexible self-paced online course means that even if you're studying other subjects or working full-time, you can fit your International GCSE Biology around your busy life.
Course Details for International GCSE Biology
You don’t need any previous qualifications to take this course.
If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.
This course will teach you the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Biology syllabus (4BI1).
You’ll cover 5 units:
Nature and variety of living organisms
Structures and functions in living organisms
Reproduction and inheritance
Ecology and the environment
Use of biological resources
For details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download the International GCSE Biology course guide.
Please note that you’re responsible for booking your exams roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date. Before you enrol, you should contact your local British Council to confirm where you can take your exams locally.
The International GCSE Biology (4BI1) exams consist of two written papers:
Paper 1 4BI1/1B - 2 hour exam
Paper 2 4BI1/2B - 1 hour 15 min exam
Your exam fees aren't included in the course cost as you'll pay these directly to your exam centre.
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ICS Learn student reviews
‘I was living in the Middle East and chose online learning so that I would able to study whilst being abroad. I am proud to say I received a grade 7, the equivalent of an A. I am extremely happy with the result and will definitely recommend ICS Learn.’
‘I achieved an A! The Biology course was extremely easy to access and very user-friendly. Online learning allowed me to completely change my career and my life, and I would recommend it to everyone and anyone.’
‘I have been recommending this course to all my friends and family because personally I feel that it was far better than the GCSE I did at college. I highly recommend ICS Learn to anyone out there who is hesitant in studying an online course.’
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GCSE and International GCSE FAQs
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They’re offered in many independent and private schools in the UK, and are recognised globally as equivalent to GCSEs.
We teach them for some subjects because they’re assessed mainly through exams, not coursework, so they’re better suited to online learning.
Yes, it’s exactly the same.
You’ll sit the same exams at the same time as all the other International GCSE students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.
Your International GCSE will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide as equivalent to a GCSE.
Right away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol – you can begin your course at any time.
Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.
24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
Student forums so you can connect and share advice with other Biology students
Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand
You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:
A CV and cover letter builder
An interview simulator
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Roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date, you should book your place at an exam centre to take the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Biology (4BI1) exams.
Your exam centre could be a school or college that's also submitting its own students for the exam, or it could be a private exam centre. Our partner centre, Tutors & Exams, has five exam venues across England and offers various discounts to ICS Learn students.
Edexcel publish a list of exam centres that accept private candidates. This won’t cover every available centre, so if there’s nothing shown in your area, we recommend contacting local schools and colleges directly.
Your exam fees aren’t included in the course cost as they’re paid directly to the exam centre. They’ll vary depending on which centre you choose.
Student Course Summaries are monthly reports we create (per subject) for both students and parents who want to remain in the know with any of the following throughout their course:
Access History: tells you how many days within the month the student has logged in and how many days they've viewed the course.
Submitted Assignments/Mock Exams: documents what assignments have been submitted, as well as when it was submitted, how many times the assignment has been attempted, and what grade they received.
Help Requests: this will show the correspondence between the student and the tutor, any questions that have been asked and what the tutor's response was.
Course News Forum: this is where students and parents can find Tutor Comments and updates on things such as Live Webinar sessions, or exam booking info.
The fee for this monthly report is a one-off price, no matter how many courses a student is enrolled in, and the fee can be integrated into your flexible payment plan. Keep in mind, however, that this fee is entirely separate from the multibuy discount.
If you’d like to pay in full, you can enrol online using the ‘Add to Basket’ button at the top of the page.
If you’d like to set up an interest-free* payment plan, get in touch with our International GCSE Advisors on +44 141 404 6595.
If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.
Your payments will be charged in GBP. The monthly payments listed in your local currency are an estimate based on the current exchange rate from xe.com.
This means that the amount you’ll pay each month in your local currency may vary based on the current exchange rate.
Your bank may use a different exchange rate from the one listed here, or charge a fee for converting your payments into GBP; we’d advise that you speak to your bank directly for more details.
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