The Edexcel International GCSE in Biology specification is assessed through two exams with no coursework. The course gives students the opportunity to:
- experience Biology within the context of their general education
- acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles
- acquire the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations
- appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting
- to apply science in real-life situations.
- The nature and variety of living organisms
- Structure and functions in living organisms
- Reproduction and inheritance
- Ecology and the environment
- Use of biological resources
IGCSE Biology forms an ideal grounding in further study in Science.
A Level (Salters-Nuffield)
This is a linear qualification divided into eight topics, four taught in Year 6 and four in Year 7.
Topic 1: Lifestyle, health and risk
Topic 2: Genes and health
Topic 3: Voice of the genome
Topic 4: Biodiversity and natural resources
Topic 5: On the wild side
Topic 6: Infection, immunity and forensics
Topic 7: Run for your life
Topic 8: Grey matter
The AS exam consists of two papers and it is a stand-alone qualification. Marks achieved on AS papers do not form part of the final A level grade. The A level exam consists of three papers. All exam papers include assessment of mathematics and practical skills. Practical skills are assessed externally, through practical-based questions in the exam, but also by the teachers, based on core practical activities and reported alongside the A level grade.
The aims and objectives of the specification are to enable students:
- develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other
- demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- acquire competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
- develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
- develop understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.