Science - Biology (Higher)
Equivalency Testing for Career Development is the examination board and awarding body
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.
An assignment booklet and revision guide is given with each course.
Students are designated a specialist tutor who will mark assignments and give constructive feedback where necessary.
Tutor contact is by email only.
A Higher Level Science Biology examination is 2 hours in duration. The approximate number of marks for this paper is 126.
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:
- Keeping Healthy
- Nerves and Hormones
- The use and abuse of drugs
- Interdependence and Adaptation
- Genetic variation, its control and Evolution
- Cells and simple cell transport
- Proteins – their functions and uses
- Cell division and inheritance
- Gaseous exchange – Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
- Transport systems in plants and animals
- Humans and their environment
There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.
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This course will be followed by an examination.
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Yes! You will need to provide a passport or driving licence prior to the examination, otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.
There are no age restrictions.
You can sit the examination more than once. However, every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.
Results will be available 14 working days (Monday-Friday only) after the day you sit your exam. For example, if you sit your exam on Friday 1st August, you will count from Monday 4th to Friday 8th (5 days), then Monday 11th to Friday 15th (another 5 days), and so on.
All results 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.
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.