Biology

Minimum entry criteria

B in Biology or Double Award Science

Board

Edexcel

Outline of the Course

AS Level:

Unit 1:   Topic 1 Lifestyle Health and Risk

             Topic 2 Genes and Health

Unit 2:   Topic 3 Voice of the Genome

             Topic 4 Biodiversity and Natural Resources

A Level:

Unit 3:   Topic 5 On the Wild Side

             Topic 6 Immunity, Infection and Forensics

Unit 4:   Topic 7 Run for your Life

             Topic 8 Grey Matter

Assessment

Unit

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

 

 

 

AS

A

1

Examination: Topics 1 and 2

1hour 30

50%

 

2

Examination: Topics 3 and 4

1 hour 30

50%

 

Paper 1

Examination: Topics 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 and experimental methods based on the Core practicals

2 hours

 

33.3%

Paper 2

Examination: Topics 1,2,3,4,7 and 8 and experimental methods based on the Core practicals

2 hours

 

33.3%

Paper 3

Examination: Questions from Topics 1 to 8, including Synoptic questions which may draw on two or more different topics.  A section of this paper will have questions based on a pre-released scientific article

2 hours

 

33.3%

 

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