Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL)
Examination Board: Edexcel
Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Biology XBIO1
Subject Code: 12Bi
Hours per week: 6 hours
International A-level Biology is a challenging and rewarding course that helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunity for independent progression from IGCSE Biology. This specification allows all students to show what they can do, as well as being suitable for those looking for a challenge.
International A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in GCSE courses and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with the IGCSE Biology course or equivalent. Students who study A-level Biology often go on to a Biology or Biology-related degree course.
Unit 1 Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health
Unit 2 Development, Plants and the Environment
Unit 3 Practical Biology and Research Skills
Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 12.
- Unit 1 examination is 1.5 hours, 40% of IAS Biology or 20% of IAL Biology
- Unit 2 examination is 1.5 hours, 40% of IAS Biology or 20% of IAL Biology
- Unit 3 examination is 1.5 hours 20% of IAS Biology or 10% of IAL Biology
Completion of the International IAS Biology course will lead onto the second year of the IAL course in Year 13.