Upper School IGCSEs
Biology Online


At Cambridge Upper School, we’ve designed a robust, comprehensive, and well-rounded Biology curriculum. Students develop a mastery of the subject and prepare exceptionally well for their upcoming examinations. We cover various topics and subtopics (highlighted below) to ensure that each student possesses the knowledge and skills they require to secure top grades.

Our MA/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers aim to help students understand the biological world around them, ask the right questions and become capable of confidently answering complex queries. This esteemed qualification advances each student’s understanding of biological theoretical underpinnings and practical skills.

The IGCSE Biology syllabus enables students to progress to A Level Biology, which is significantly more rigorous. However, students have already built a secure foundation. This makes it easier for them to perform well in A Levels and prepare for further study at university.


We offer a range of assessments during our live lessons. These include summative tests, worksheets, pop quizzes, group activities, and more. Using these assignments, our teachers assess each student’s skills and knowledge.


Homework is given at the end of each week. Students get a chance to polish their skills and cover more ground. We plan homework around a range of different topics and subtopics, taking special care to cover everything in the syllabus. Students are generally required to solve problems based on their understanding of critical topics and research key concepts.


Parents are given 24/7 access to their children’s coursework. We also maintain an open line of communication between parents and teachers to ensure complete transparency. Additionally, we hold 3 parent-teacher consultations each year, one in every term. Parents can also set up consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.

Book List and Stationery

Recommended but not necessary

  • Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8
  • Cambridge IGCSE® Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Mary Jones (Author), Geoff Jones (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61479-6
  • Cambridge IGCSE® Physics Workbook (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by David Sang (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61458
  • Access to pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, and a printer. Additional resources may be required. In such cases, students are informed beforehand so they can acquire the required materials.

Topics Covered

B1. Characteristics of living organisms

B2. Cells

2.1 Cell structure

2.2 Movement in and out of cells

B3. Enzymes

B4. Nutrition

4.1 Nutrients

4.2 Plant nutrition

4.3 Animal nutrition

B5. Transportation

5.1 Transport in plants

5.2 Transport in humans

B6. Respiration

6.1 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

6.2 Gas exchange

B7. Co-ordination and response

7.1 Nervous control in humans

7.2 Hormones

7.3 Tropic responses

7.4 Homeostasis

B8. Reproduction

8.1 Asexual and sexual reproduction

8.2 Sexual reproduction in plants

8.3 Sexual reproduction in humans

B9. Inheritance

9.1 Chromosomes and genes

9.2 Cell division

9.3 Monohybrid inheritance

9.4 Variation and selection

B10. Energy flow in ecosystems

B11. Human influences on the ecosystem


Parents shoulder the responsibility of arranging their child’s IGCSE examinations at their local registered examination centre. At Cambridge Home School Online, we teach students from different countries across the globe. It’s not practical for our school to manage each student’s local exam registration or offer a single venue for students to sit their examinations.

We presently have students from the UK, Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Keeping this geographical diverseness in mind, we are not registered with Cambridge International Examinations. However, we have partnered with numerous examination centres registered with CIE, OCR, Edexcel, and AQA.

We also help students find a suitable venue to sit their written and practical examinations. We understand that this process isn’t easy and often requires external support. Students can approach us for any registration-related questions and problems they may have. Our teachers provide complete support and assistance.


Please note that conducting experiments can be potentially dangerous and must be done so under the supervision of an adult, preferably a parent. Cambridge Home School Online and its teachers do not require students to carry out experiments. If students wish to proceed, they must consult their parents and make a mutual decision. They must also accept responsibility for any negative outcomes.

Cambridge Home School Online does not take responsibility for any experiments or dangerous activities pupils conduct at their homes or other locations. We request parents to be proactive and students to be hyper-cautious. If you wish to proceed with an experiment or activity, please consult our teachers beforehand so we can caution you against it.

General Points

All assessments (excluding the final IGCSE examinations) are carried out during regular live lessons. We assess student performance through tests, homework, in-class activities, exercises, and worksheets. Students perform few practicals because of the virtual nature of this course. However, our MA/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers try to incorporate as many safe practicals into the curriculum as possible. Student safety comes first. We ensure that each practical conducted by Cambridge Home School Online requires safe household materials and poses no risk to students. At Cambridge Upper School, we encourage students to develop a scientific mindset when approaching everyday phenomena. Students become aware of how science comes into play around them. This insight helps them understand scientific queries, solve problems, and become critical thinkers with strong reasoning abilities. Students are required to possess certain materials, including an apron, safety goggles, and a tray for conducting practicals. We may require additional materials. However, they will always be announced a week in advance so students can easily gain access to them. We also provide students with a permission slip that their parents must sign. If a student does not wish to perform a practical for any reason (parental disapproval, inability to acquire the required materials), they need not worry. Our teachers demonstrate all practicals so students can understand the activity even if they are unable to perform it themselves. We also provide catch-up lessons. Students can access our online library of past lessons at any time to get up to speed with the rest of the class.

About 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!

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