Course DescriptionIGCSE in Biology This IGCSE Biology Home Study course from NCC Home Learning is designed to help meet the needs of those who want an introduction to this challenging subject either with a view to further study at A Level or simply to supplement a portfolio of IGCSE/GCSE subjects. This qualification will provide you with a broad introduction to the key components of this exciting and challenging field. The Edexcel IGCSE in Biology enables students to: acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles develop an appreciation of the significance of biological facts, concepts and principles and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work to scientific method and reporting form hypotheses and design experiments to test them sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the study of living organisms evaluate, in terms of their biological knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to social, environmental and economic issues. This Edexcel IGCSE in Biology qualification comprises two externally assessed papers: Biology Paper 1 Biology Paper 2. Biology Paper 1 Paper code: 4BI0/1B (66% of the total IGCSE marks) Externally assessed Availability: January and June series Overview of content: Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance Section 4: Ecology and the environment Section 5: Use of biological resources Overview of assessment: The paper is assessed through a two-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The total number of marks is 120. Biology Paper 2 Paper code: 4BI0/2B (33% of the total IGCSE marks) Externally assessed Availability: January and June series First assessment: June 2011 Overview of content: Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance Section 4: Ecology and the environment Section 5: Use of biological resources Overview of assessment: The paper is assessed through a one-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The total number of marks is 60.
Previous Knowledge RequiredNo previous study is required to access any of our IGCSE courses, but they do require literacy and numeracy skills.
SupportThe course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password You will get full tutor support via email You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor. You will have access to a tutor via our student portal who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.
AssessmentThe course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.
Awarding OrganisationEdexcel is part of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company which has an educational heritage rooted in names like Longman, Heinemann and Prentice Hall.Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.