Students of our Edexcel International GCSE in Biology will acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles, develop experimental and investigative skills based on correct, safe laboratory techniques, and learn to present information clearly and logically
This course follows the Edexcel syllabus. The topic areas are as follows:
1 The nature and variety of living organisms
(a) Characteristics of living organisms
(b) Variety of living organisms
2 Structure and functions in living organisms
(a) Level of organisation
(b) Cell structure
(c) Biological molecules
(d) Movement of substances into and out of cells
(g) Gas exchange
(j) Co-ordination and response
3 Reproduction and inheritance
4 Ecology and the environment
(a) The organism in the environment
(b) Feeding relationships
(c) Cycles within ecosystems
(d) Human influences on the environment
5 Use of biological resources
(a) Food production
(b) Selective breeding
(c) Genetic modification (genetic engineering)
There will be two papers which are externally assessed,
Paper 1 Assessed through a 2-hour written examination set and marked by Pearson. The paper is weighted at 61.1% of the qualification. A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Assesses the content that is not in bold and does not have a ‘B’ reference. Questions may come from any topic area across the specification. Out of 110 marks.
Paper 2 Assessed through a 1-hour and 15-minute written examination set and marked by Pearson. The paper is weighted at 38.9% of the qualification. A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Assesses all the content, including content that is in bold and has a ‘B’ reference. Questions may come from any topic area across the specification. Bold statements cover some sub-topics in greater depth. Out of 70 marks.
The course fee does not include examination entry. You will have to arrange for examination entry with an accredited examination centre. IQ Plus are an accredited centre and we can facilitate exams for students. Exam entry will incur additional fees. These can vary for each subject and different centres will have their own fee structure.
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