Upper School (IGCSEs)

IGCSE Biology


The International GCSE Biology syllabus is designed to enable pupils at online school to explain and understand the biological world around them. This highly valued qualification will evidence both pupils’ understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills.

The International GCSE Biology syllabus enables pupils to progress on to A Level Biology which will open opportunities to study further at university.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally, the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

1  Characteristics and classification of living organisms
2  Organisation of the organism
3  Movement in and out of cells
4  Biological molecules
5  Enzymes
6  Plant nutrition
7  Human nutrition
8  Transport in plants
9  Transport in animals
10  Diseases and immunity
11  Gas exchange in humans
12  Respiration
13  Excretion in humans
14  Coordination and response
15  Drugs
16  Reproduction
17  Inheritance
18  Variation and selection
19  Organisms and their environment
20  Biotechnology and genetic engineering
21  Human influences on ecosystems

These topics will be taught in Years 10 and 11 to prepare students for their examinations.

Recommended but not necessary

  • Complete Biology for IGCSE: Endorsed by University of Cambridge International Examinations, by Ron Pickering (Author); Published by Oxford University Press; ISBN: 9780198409847
  • Access to a printer, pencil, ruler, rubber, pen, a notebook

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

“The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must make the decision on whether to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place.”

General points

Assessment, apart from the final International GCSE exams, will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

Practicals will not be possible due to the online nature of teaching, but students are welcome to carry out safe practicals at home. Students are also encouraged to watch videos of practicals online, for example using YouTube. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.


The Teacher

From Mrs. Perkins

I am Head of Biology at Cambridge Home School. I have a first class BSc in Biology and a Masters degree in Primate Conservation from Oxford University.  I am also a qualified secondary school teacher with a PGCE.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in a lot of animal environments such as a dairy farm and a Big Cat zoo. I also volunteered to go to a rainforest in Honduras, Central America to study the behaviour of black Howler monkeys.

I am passionate about Biology and love to share this with my students. There really is no better feeling than the satisfaction of watching young minds grow!

Mrs. Perkins Cambridge Home School

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