|Qualification attained at the end of the course||CTC Diploma|
What do we cover in the course?
Key syllabus elements
· Characteristics and Organisation of living organisms
· Biological molecules, Nutrition, Exchange and Transport
· Respiration, Excretion and Co-ordination
· Genetics, Variation and Biotechnology
· Ecology and Pollution
How is it assessed?
Key assessment elements
Paper 1 45 minutes
A multiple-choice paper consisting of 40 items of the four-choice type.
1 hour 15 minutes
Written paper consisting of 80 marks of short-answer and structured questions.
A series of practical tests throughout the course – carried out under supervised conditions in the laboratory. A total of 40 marks will be awarded for the best attempts at the 3 skill areas (qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks).
|Key skills required||
We recommend that students who are beginning this course should have previously studied a lower school science curriculum. Students should also have adequate mathematical skills for the content contained in this syllabus.
In addition, it is desirable that students have:
· an inquisitive mind with a special interest in the natural world;
· an enthusiasm for biological studies.
|Any other information||Students who achieve merit or distinction level in this course are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology, or the equivalent.|
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