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Cambridge IGCSE Biology

Summary of Cambridge IGCSE Biology course content

This Cambridge IGCSE Biology course will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the biological world in which you live. You will also learn how to communicate effectively and clearly, using the appropriate terminology, notations and conventions.

Begin your journey into the fascinating study of life today!

The Cambridge IGCSE Biology encourages learners to be:

  • confident, interested in learning about science, questioning ideas and using scientific language to communicate
  • their views and opinions
  • responsible, working methodically and safely when working alone or collaboratively with others
  • reflective, learning from their experiences and interested in scientific issues that affect the individual, the
  • community and the environment
  • innovative, solving unfamiliar problems confidently and creatively
  • engaged, keen to develop scientific skills, being curious about scientific principles and their application in the world.

Candidates study the following topics:

  1. Characteristics and classification of living organisms
  2. Organisation of the organism
  3. Movement into 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. Human influences on ecosystems
  21. Biotechnology and genetic modification

How the course is assessed

You will be entered for three exam papers, two theory papers and one practical paper.

Guided Learning Hours

We design Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses based on learners having about 130 guided learning hours for each subject during the course but this is for guidance only. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.

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Any special requirements

You may assume that all students have access to an Internet connection and a basic computing device such as a mobile phone or a tablet and basic writing materials such as notebooks and pens/pencils. If anything additional to this such as textbooks, a more powerful computing device or specific software or apps are required (including free software) then list the minimum requirements here.


  • Complete Biology for Cambridge IGCSE, third edition
  • Ron Pickering
  • Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-830869-0

Required textbook

Complete Biology for Cambridge IGCSE, Ron Pickering, ISBN 9780198366713
You can find the textbook here.

Course Code: 0610