Biology

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in Biology (YBI11)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: The course is examined in January and June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Unit 1 – Written examination 1h and 30 min (20% of qualification – 80 marks)

Unit 2 – Written examination 1h and 30 min hours (20% of qualification – 80 marks)

Unit 3 – Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes  (10% of qualification – 50 marks)

Unit 4 – Written examination 1h and 30 min hours (20% of qualification – 90 marks)

Unit 5 – Written examination 1h and 30 min (20% of qualification – 90 marks)

Unit 6 – Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes  (10% of qualification – 50 marks)

Exam Papers% of IAL    Assessment overview
Unit 1 –
(Jan Y12) 
20

The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.

The paper will include a minimum of 8 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Unit 2 –
(June Y12)    
20

The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.

The paper will include a minimum of 8 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar context.

Unit 3 –
(June Y13)
10

The paper may include short-open, open-response and calculation questions.

The paper will include a minimum of 5 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of practical skills to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Unit 4 –
(Jan Y13)
20

The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.

The paper will include a minimum of 9 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

This paper may contain some synoptic questions which require knowledge and understanding from units 1 and 2.

Unit 5 –
(June Y13)
20

The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.

Pre-released reading (scientific article) will be provided for this assessment.
The paper will include a minimum of 9 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. 

Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

This paper may contain some synoptic questions which require knowledge and understanding from units 1 and 2.

Unit 6 –
(June Y13)
10

The paper may include short-open, open-response and calculation questions.
The paper will include a minimum of 5 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above.

Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of practical skills to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

WIDER READING

  • Campbell, N (2021) Biology, A Global Approach. Global Edition, 10th Edition 
  • Dawkins, R. (2006) The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press
  • Darwin, C (2011) The Origin of Species. London: HarperPress

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