Candidates develop skills of scientific inquiry, and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding. These skills, knowledge and understanding of biology are developed through a variety of approaches and in the context of each of the three main areas of the course. Candidates undertake practical activities in the classroom/local environment.
Candidates research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which develops skills of scientific literacy.
The course content includes the following areas of biology:
Unit 1 – Cell biology
The key areas covered are: cell structure; transport across cell membranes; DNA and the production of proteins; proteins; genetic engineering; respiration.
Unit 2- Multicellular organisms
The key areas covered are: producing new cells; control and communication; reproduction; variation and inheritance; transport systems — plants; transport systems — animals; absorption of materials.
Unit 3 – Life on Earth
The key areas covered are: ecosystems; distribution of organisms; photosynthesis; energy in ecosystems; food production; evolution of species.
The course assessment has two components.
100 marks during 2 hours and 30 minutes exam
A research and written piece of work which is completed under exam conditions within the classroom
Other qualifications in biology/human
biology or related areas
Further study, employment or training
Conditions of Award
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved through the question paper and assignment.