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Biology

This is the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena. Through the course students gain knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles.

Key subject aims 

Students:

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of biology
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles and the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations
  • appreciate the practical nature of biology, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods
  • sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the study of living organisms
  • evaluate, in terms of their biological knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions
  • prepare for more advanced courses in biology and for other courses which require them to have knowledge of biology.
  • IGCSE 9-1 Biology for Year 9 & Year 10

    Qualification: IGCSE Biology

    Syllabus/Specification: International GCSE Bio / 4BI1

    Hours: 2 hours per week

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Subject Code: 9Sc / 10Bi

    Details: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-biology-2017.html


    Course Content

    This course provides a solid foundation for progression to the Edexcel International Advanced Subsidiary (IAS) and Advanced level (IAL) qualification, and other comparable post-16 qualifications.


    Units

    • The nature and variety of living organisms
    • Structures and functions in living organisms
    • Reproduction and inheritance
    • Ecology and the environment
    • Use of biological resources

    Final Assessment

    • Examination 100%
    • Single tier
    • Two exams. No coursework
    • Paper 1: 68.9%. This is a 110 mark two-hour examination set and marked by Edexcel.
    • Paper 2: 31.1%. This is a 70 mark one-hour fifteen minute examination set and marked by Edexcel.
  • IGCSE Biology A*-G Biology for Year 11

    Qualification: IGCSE Biology

    Syllabus/ Specification: International GCSE Bio / 4BIO

    Hours: 2 hours per week

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Subject Code: 11Bi

    Details: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/igcse09/biology/biology/Pages/default.aspx


    Course Content

    This course provides a sound foundation for progression to the Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced level qualification, and other comparable post-16 qualifications.


    Units

    • Organisms and life processes
    • Animal Physiology
    • Plant Physiology
    • Ecology and the Environment
    • Variation and Selection
    • Microorganisms and Genetic Engineering

    Final Assessment

    • Examination 100%
    • Single tier
    • Two exams. No coursework
    • Paper 1: 67%. This is a 120 mark two-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
    • Paper 2: 33%. This is a 60 mark one-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
  • Year 12 IAS Biology

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL) 

    Examination Board: Edexcel 

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Biology XBIO1

    Subject Code: 12Bi 

    Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details:  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/biology.html


    Course Content

    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.


    Topics covered

    Unit 1 Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

    Unit 2 Development, Plants and the Environment

    Unit 3 Practical Biology and Research Skills


    Assessment

    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

    Progression

    Completion of the International IAS Biology course will lead onto the second year of the IAL course in Year 13.

  • Year 13 IA2 Biology

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL) 

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Biology YBIO1

    Subject Code: 13Bi 

    Hours per week: 6 hours 

    Details:  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/biology.html


    Course Content

    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 courses at University.


    Topics covered after the completion of AS Biology:

    Year 13 A2 Biology

    Unit 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

    Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination

    Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills


    Assessment

    Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 13

    • Unit 4 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of IAL Biology
    • Unit 5 examination is 1 hour 45 minutes, 20% of IAL Biology
    • Unit 6 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 10% of IAL Biology

    Progression

    Completion of the International A-level Biology course can lead onto a wide range of Biological and Scientific courses at University.