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IGCSE Biology
Studying Biology at BSix

With an emphasis on human biology, the Cambridge IGCSE Biology syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at A Level, which are also useful in everyday life.

As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. This qualification goes a little further than your standard GCSE, often covering level 3 topics throughout the year. Cambridge IGCSE Biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of real ability and knowledge.

Paper 1 45 minutes
A multiple-choice paper consisting of 40 items of the four-choice type
Questions will be based on the Core curriculum and will be of a difficulty appropriate to grades C to G
This paper will test skills mainly in Assessment Objectives A and B
Weighted at 30% of total available marks

Paper 1 45 minutes

A multiple-choice paper consisting of 40 items of the four-choice type Questions will be based on the Core curriculum and will be of a difficulty appropriate to grades C to G. This paper will test skills mainly in Assessment Objectives A and B. Weighted at 30% of total available marks

Paper 2 1 hour 15 minutes

Written paper consisting of 80 marks of short answer and structured questions. Questions will be based on the Core curriculum and will be of a difficulty appropriate to grades C to G. Questions will test skills mainly in Assessment. Objectives A and B Weighted at 50% of total available marks

Paper 4 Coursework

School-based assessment of Practical skills. Weighted at 20% of total available marks

Paper 5 * 1 hour 15 minutes
Practical Test. Questions covering experimental and observational skills. Weighted at 20% of total
available marks.

 

Paper 6 * 1 hour
Alternative to Practical Written paper designed to test familiarity with laboratory based procedures. Weighted at 20% of total available marks.

Recommended reading
Jones and Jones 2012. IGCSE Biology Course Book. 2nd Edition
Royal Society of Biology website: http://www.rsb.org/
New Scientist – journal produced on a weekly basis

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