Science - Biology (Higher)

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Course details
This Higher Level Biology course is designed for students who need an equivalent qualification at GCSE level. It can be studied over a duration of 16 weeks and consists of 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time is four hours per week.

Course materials
An assignment booklet and revision guide is given with each course.

Tutor:
Students are designated a specialist tutor who will mark assignments and give constructive feedback where necessary.
Tutor contact is by email only.

Examination details:
A Higher Level Science Biology examination is 2 hours in duration. The approximate number of marks for this paper is 126.

Examination materials:
Pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, pens, working scientific calculator

Students need to achieve Grade 4 to pass, but some universities stipulate that a Grade 5 pass is necessary:

Grade 1 (25% to 34%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass (65% to 74%)
Grade 6 pass (75% to 84%)
Grade 7 pass (85% to 100%)

Topics covered in this unit:

  1. Keeping Healthy
  2. Nerves and Hormones
  3. The use and abuse of drugs
  4. Interdependence and Adaptation
  5. Genetic variation, its control and Evolution
  6. Cells and simple cell transport
  7. Proteins – their functions and uses
  8. Cell division and inheritance
  9. Gaseous exchange – Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  10. Transport systems in plants and animals
  11. Homeostasis
  12. Humans and their environment

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

When can I take the exam?

New dates and times for all exams are updated regularly, check back to see new dates and times and venues.

Coursework only

Choose this option to study any of our topics.
This course will be followed by an examination.

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Examination only

Choose this option if you have already completed the course. You can choose this option if you want to sit an examination.

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FAQ's

Yes!

Please bring to the exam a passport or driving licence otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.

We can accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

You can sit the examination more than once, but if you fail, full feedback is sent to you, and this should be studied before sitting another examination. Every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.

Results will be available 14 working days (Monday-Friday) from the day after you sit your exam. They are posted to students by 1st Class Royal Mail. 

Do not call the office as results are not available by telephone.

You can sit an examination at one of our designated places or an examination paper could be sent to the school you are currently working in. This is only with the agreement of the Head or Deputy Head Teacher or equivalent.

Contact us to arrange this

An exam only has a £30 deposit, and the rest is payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable.

All courses must be paid in full. No monthly terms or part payments.

Yes! All examinations are paper based and are of 2 hour duration. Higher Maths is 2.5 hours.

As with all examination boards we take into account for people that may need more time to complete an examination.