Aims of the Programme:
Biology is the study of living things. This means that the subject is as diverse as the living world itself. The course encompasses study of viruses and bacteria, plants and animals, but concentrates mainly on human systems.
The course is delivered using a wide range of teaching styles, including experimental work, group work, discussions, short talks and problem solving activities. Key facts and concepts are delivered by written notes, interactive presentations, DVDs, videos, practical demonstrations and use of ICT.
We follow the New WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) syllabus.
The topics studied include:
Transport systems in plants and animals including Photosynthesis
Coordination and control in plants and animals
Inheritance, variation and evolution
Health, disease and the development of medicine
Human effects on the environment and ecosystems
Your final grade will depend on two written examinations. “Concepts in Biology” is the first exam and is 2 hours 15 minutes long and worth 75% of the final grade. The exam is a mix of short answer questions, structured questions, extended writing and data response questions, with some set in a practical context.
The second exam “Applications in Biology” is 1 hour 15 minutes long and worth 25% of the final grade. It is split into two sections, the first a mix of short answer questions, structured questions, extended writing and data response questions, all set in a practical context. In the second section a resource booklet, containing an unseen article, will provide the basis for a mix of short answer questions, structured questions and data response questions.
Biology GCSE is a qualification that is highly regarded by employers’ and it is an excellent preparation for many careers such as nurse, technician and agricultural work. If you are considering teaching as a career, Biology GCSE fulfils the requirements for a science qualification at GCSE.
Equipment or Materials:
Please do not purchase any books, equipment or materials before this course commences. Your teacher will advise you what is required on your first evening.
Starting: September 2019
Duration: 30 weeks
HOW TO ENROL
Enrolment is easy at St. Vincent:
– by phone, with credit/debit card.
– by post, with payment & enrolment form.
– in person, at the Student Services Centre.
– if you are claiming a fee remission for unemployment or means tested benefit, please bring proof for our records.