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BIOLOGY

Examining Body -

EDEXCEL

LINEAR

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in Additional Science

Grade 6 in Maths

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 advanced

level GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) are to enable students

to develop:

• essential knowledge and understanding of different areas

of the subject and how they relate to each other

• demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge

and understanding of scientific methods

• competence and confidence in a variety of practical,

mathematical and problem-solving skills

• their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including

developing an interest in further study and careers

associated with the subject

• understanding of how society makes decisions about

scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the

success of the economy and society.

PROGRESSION

Many of our students pursue their interest in Biology after

leaving school. Recent Biology students have gone on to

study Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing or Biological Sciences.

It is also a useful subject for students wanting to become

teachers (as Science is a Core subject in schools) or for Arts

students to show they are capable of studying Sciences

as well.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Textbooks

£25

annually

SNAB Online Access

£5

annually

Ecology Trip

£165

CGP Revision Guides £5

annually

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- three exams testing knowledge on The Natural

Environment, Species Survival and Energy, Exercise and Co-

ordination and General and Practical Applications in Biology.

PAPER 1

2 hr exam

100

marks

1/3 of A Level mark

PAPER 2

2 hr exam

100

marks

1/3 of A Level mark

PAPER 3

2 hr exam

100

marks

1/3 of A Level mark

The third paper will include one questionwhich is underpinned by

a pre-release scientific article. This paper will include synoptic

questions that may draw on two or more different topics.

The papers may include multiple-choice, short open, open

response, calculations and extended writing questions. The papers

will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above.

A fourth section is the Science Practical Endorsement. This

qualification will give students opportunities to use relevant

apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific

practical skills. The assessment outcomes on this section will be

reported separately as either “pass” or “fail”.

Students will attend a two day residential trip focussing on the

environment and ecological relations. They will have the

opportunity to develop their investigative skills outside of the

classroom.

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