This course covers the principles of Biology and topics covered include: cell level systems (cell structures, what happens in cells, respiration, photosynthesis); scaling up (supplying the cell, the challenges of size); organism level systems (coordination and control, maintaining internal environments); community level systems (ecosystems); genes, inheritance and selection; global challenges (monitoring and maintaining the environment, feeding the human race, monitoring and maintaining health). Practical work is also heavily involved and enhances the theoretical ideas covered.
How is the course structured and graded?
Content is split into six teaching topics and a practical skills topic that consists of a minimum of eight practical activities. Students will sit for two exams at the end of the two-year course; each exam will last for 1 hour 45 minutes and has a weighting of 50%. The practicals carried out during the course will account for 15% of the questions asked in the examinations.
Will this course be suitable for me?
Your teachers will recommend which Science course is suitable for you, taking into account your work and how likely you are to succeed on this course.
GCSE in Biology (Gateway Science)
There are no additional fees for this course