Awarding Body: Cambridge International Examinations Qualification on offer: IGCSE Biology
Summary of course
The course will be taught through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions. After successful completion of this course you can go on to do A-level Biology or a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (if you have additional qualifications). IGCSE is broadly the same content and is at the same level as GCSE. However, it is also recognised internationally as well as in the United Kingdom. If you have taken GCSE at school it is an opportunity to improve your grade in an equivalent qualification, whilst approaching the knowledge content in a slightly different way.
What will I study? You will study the following subjects in context:
- Living Organisms
- Movement in and out of cells
- Biological molecules
- Plant Nutrition
- Human Nutrition
- Transport in plants
- Transport in animals
- Diseases and Immunity
- Gas Exchange in humans
- Co-ordination and response
- Variation and selection
- Biotechnology and genetic engineering
- Human influences on ecosystems
Progression: A Level Biology or a full-time science course (with additional entry criteria).
How is the course assessed?
- Exam 1 is a multiple choice paper for 45 minutes. This accounts for 30% of the final grade.
- Exam 2 is a written paper for 75 minutes with some short and some long answer questions. This accounts for 50% of the final grade.
- Exam 3 is a practical test for 75 minutes and accounts for 20% of the final grade.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you wish to study biology further and possibly progress to Level 3 and later University or need a second GCSE science subject qualification for future progression.
Entry Requirements for new students
The expectation is that you will have studied science at school until at least the end of year 9. For students who have recently taken GCSE Science or Biology, it is recommended that you have already achieved a grade D. This would indicate that obtaining grade C the following summer is a reasonable target.
There will be a progress test taken in week 4. If you do not pass you will be advised not to progress and given a refund for the remainder of the year.
General Info (materials required for the course)
The textbook recommended for the course is written specifically for this course and the details will be given to you by your lecturer. For further information contact the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344.