GCSE Biology

Course Overview

The course (WJEC GCSE in BIOLOGY) consists of 3 units; two of which look at different biology topic whilst the third test scientific skills.

The course is assessed through two exams – one for unit 1 and one for unit 2 (each exam makes up 45% the course marks contributing to a total of 90%). There is 'Practical assessments' completed in class (10% of the course marks).

The course has 30 weeks of study, 2.5 hours per week.

Students will need to complete substantial amounts of study in their own time.

Updated June 2017

Entry Requirements

No qualifications are necessary. Students will need to take a logical and mathematical approach to their studies.

Course Delivery

Unit 1 CELLS, ORGAN SYSTEMS and ECOSYSTEMS

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

  1. Cells and movement across membranes
  2. Respiration and the respiratory system in humans
  3. Digestion and the digestive system in humans
  4. Circulatory system in humans
  5. Plants and photosynthesis
  6. Ecosystems, nutrient cycles and human impact on the environment

Unit 2 VARIATION, HOMEOSTASIS and MICRO-ORGANISMS

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

  1. Classification and biodiversity
  2. Cell division and stem cells
  3. DNA and inheritance
  4. Variation and evolution
  5. Response and regulation
  6. Kidneys and homeostasis
  7. Micro-organisms and their applications
  8. Disease, defence and treatment

Unit 3: PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT 10% of qualification

  1. Section A - Obtaining results
  2. Section B - Analysing and evaluating results

Further details are on WJEC GCSE science website.

Progression Opportunities

GCSE Biology offers a GCSE in science which is a requirement for teacher training courses. Progression to Level 3 Science courses such as A Levels and BTECs would be possible.

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A Level and GCSE
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Venue(s)

Tycoch
Gorseinon
Course deliverable in Welsh:
No