The course is different from GCSE Biology courses of the past in that it attempts to look at the way biology affects your everyday life and how you can evaluate the scientific material that you come across in newspapers, magazines and on the television. The course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study biology at AS and A2 level.
Suitable for: This course is open to anyone interested in Biology.
Government funding available
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Distance Learning Biology GCSE - The CourseHow do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment?
Each lesson of the Biology GCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and there are a large number of simply drawn and easy-to-copy illustrations. There are eight tutor-marked assignments, two major progress tests and three practice exam papers. No previous study of the subject is required.
Key Topics Covered
The course is divided into three modules. Each of these modules has a 45 minute examination.
What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?
How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs?
What causes infectious disease and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are?
Why are individuals of the same species different from each other?
What new methods do we have for producing plants and animals with the characteristics we prefer?
What are animals and plants built from?
How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells?
How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow?
What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain?
What happens to the waste material produced by plants and animals?
What are enzymes and what are some of their functions?
How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant?
Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance?
How do dissolved substances get into and out of animals and plants?
How are dissolved materials transported around the body?
How does exercise affect the exchanges taking place within the body?
How do exchanges in the kidney help us to maintain the internal
environment in mammals and how has biology helped us to treat kidney disease?
How are microorganisms used to make food and drink?
What other useful substances can we make using microorganisms?
How can we be sure we are using microorganisms safely?
This course prepares students for AQA GCSE Biology syllabus 4411, for exams in 2008 and later years. Assessment is by three written papers (75%) and a practical assessment (25%). We have chosen this syllabus as it is the most suited to Home Schooling.
Practical Skills/Coursework The assessment has two parts:
The practical skills assessment (PSA) assesses the student’s ability to work in an organised and safe manner whilst working practically. It can be carried out at any time during the course.
The investigative skills assignment (ISA) assesses the student’s ability to undertake a task and collect, process and evaluate data. The ISA can be carried out at any time during the course.– Students carry out the PSA set by AQA, they then take a written test under controlled conditions. The test asks questions concerning the data collected during the practical task as well as that provided as part of the test.
Please also take the time to read 'Coursework, a guide for parents'
Support: The course can funded by one initial payment of £295 or by a deposit of £59 and 8 monthly instalments of £29.50