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Further Progression

Course Overview

The course gives you the opportunity to experience biology within the context of your general education. You will study the nature and variety of living organisms; structure and functions in living organisms; reproduction and inheritance; ecology and the environment; and use of biological resources.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Learn about unifying patterns and themes in biology and use them in new and changing situations
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
  • Apply the principles and concepts of biology, including those related to the applications of biology, to different contexts
  • Evaluate biological information, making judgements on the basis of this information
  • Appreciate the practical nature of biology, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
  • Recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in biology
  • Select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
  • Develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • Select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to biology as set out under each topic
  • Prepare for more advanced courses in biology and for other courses that require knowledge of biology.
iGCSE Biology Overview

Exam Overview

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Biology is a linear qualification. Two written examinations must be taken in the same series at the end of the course of study.


Paper 1: 2 hours Paper 2: 1 hour and 15 minutes


Paper 1: Externally assessed twice a year Paper 2: Externally assessed twice a year


Paper 1 | 110 marks Paper 2 | 70 marks

Progression and Prerequisites