Edexcel GCSE in Biology – 2BI01
The GCSE Biology is particularly useful as it is a key requirement for many jobs. If you’re looking to get into college or university they’ll prove essential, and passes in English, Science and Mathematics usually at Grade C are also required for an increasingly large number of jobs.
Through studying Biology you will learn that it is about thinking logically and being able to apply the principles you learn to everyday situations.
The Edexcel GCSE in Biology comprises four units:
- Unit B2
- Unit C2
- Unit P2
- Biology Controlled Assessment(BCA)
Each unit is 25% of total GCSE. Candidates can be entered for Foundation (Grades C – G) or higher (A* – C) tiers
Each of the units( B1, B2 and B3) are externally assessed through a one hour, 60 mark (25%), tiered written examination containing six questions. The examination will contain a mixture of question styles, including objective questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions. These papers will only be available in June.
Practical investigations in this unit
Within this unit, students will develop an understanding of the process of scientific investigations, including that investigations:
- use hypotheses which are tested
- require assessment and management of risks
- require the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary evidence including the use of appropriate technology
- should include a review of methodology to assess fitness for purpose
- should include a review of hypotheses in the light of outcomes.
The controlled assessment task (CAT) for the GCSE in Biology will be taken from a list supplied by Edexcel which will change every year.
Overview of Content
Topic 1 Classification, variation and inheritance
Topic 2 Responses to a changing environment
Topic 3 Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment
Topic 1 The building blocks of cells
Topic 2 Organisms and energy
Topic 3 Common systems
Topic 1 Control systems
Topic 2 Behaviour
Topic 3 Biotechnology
Biology Controlled Assessment
The controlled assessment will be internally assessed under controlled conditions and the task changes every year. The total marks are 50 (25%). The task consists of three parts.
Part A is a planning activity
Part B is an observation, collecting primary and secondary evidence.
Part C consists of conclusions related to the primary and secondary evidence collected in Part B