GCSE Biology

iGCSE Biology will help you understand the biological world in which you live and take an informed interest in Science and scientific developments. The syllabus includes the basic principles and concepts that are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of Biology, and a strong emphasis on practical skills.

You will develop an understanding of the scientific skills that are essential for you to continue learning Biology at A Level or IB. iGCSE is best studied in combination with Chemistry and Physics as you will study core skills such as the scientific method, problem solving and effective communication using scientific vocabulary.

The Biology curriculum includes a diverse range of topics including; cells, genetics, human biology, ecology and microbiology. You will be assessed in two papers, titled Paper 1B and Paper 2B.

We study the Edexcel iGCSE curriculum: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/International%20GCSE/Biology/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/international-gcse-Biology-2017-specification1.pdf

Paper NumberAssessment InformationNumber of Marks Allocated
Paper 1BA mixture of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions110
Paper 2BA synoptic paper that assesses all the content covered in the syllabus including practical skills. Like Paper 1B there is a mixture of questions.70

Potential careers

Biology is essential preparation for those considering careers as doctors, dentists, vets, biochemists, botanists, ecologists, zoologists. Biology degrees can also lead into a huge range of other careers. The following link provides some information-Royal Society of Biology careers page

Contact for more information: Mrs A G Edmunds AGE@wellingtoncollege.org.uk)