Highgrove Education

International GCSE Biology

Studying Edexcel International GCSE Biology is your gateway to unlocking the secrets of the living world. This qualification takes you on a journey through the incredible diversity of life, from the tiniest cells to vast ecosystems. You’ll delve into fascinating topics like genetics, ecology, and the intricate workings of the human body. Along the way, you’ll develop critical thinking skills, learn how to conduct experiments, and understand the practical side of biology. Whether you’re passionate about environmental conservation, intrigued by genetics, or simply want to explore the wonders of life on Earth, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to answer the big questions in biology and prepares you for advanced studies in this field, setting you on the path to becoming a future biologist, medical professional, or environmental scientist.

GCSE Biology

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE Biology
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Recommended: Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
1. The nature and variety of living organisms
  • Characteristics of living organisms
  • Variety of living organisms
2. Structures and functions in living organisms
  • 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
3. Reproduction and inheritance
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
4. Ecology and the environment
  • The organism in the environment
  • Feeding relationships
  • Cycles within ecosystems
  • Human influences on the environment
5. Use of biological resources
  • Food production
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic modification (genetic engineering)
  • Cloning

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE Biology Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Science

International GCSE

2 examstaken at the end of the course
Paper 1Core content (120 minutes). 61.1% of the total International GCSE.
Paper 2All content (75 minutes). 38.9% of the total International GCSE.


Biology is one of our compulsory subjects for full time students, alongside Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Literature and English Language. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE Biology will be eligible to study Biology at A le

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: