Interpreting your Biology International GCSE pre-release materials -

Interpreting your Biology International GCSE pre-release materials

The Advanced Information

The main aim is to help you use your revision time effectively. In the case of Biology, you will see that the advice consists of a list of topics which will be the “major focus” of questions in each exam paper, plus a separate list of topics that will not appear on that paper.

To understand this fully, you will need to study these lists carefully and relate them to the rest of your studies and your personal revision plan.

Comparing the lists, you will see that there are 10 topics which will not appear on either exam paper – 1a, 2a, 2f, 2i, 2j, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5c and 5d. In a couple of cases (2i: Excretion and 4d: Human Influences on the Environment), you can see that you will only need to revise the topic for Paper 2.

Please take the time to make a full comparison – it will make planning your study time between now and the summer much easier.

Study the whole course

If a topic is not on any of the lists or even if it is on the ‘out’ list, it does not mean you can ignore it. Every topic on the specification may be relevant to the answer of some question or the focus of a question with a smaller number of marks. Our general advice is to complete all lessons but to keep this list of topics close to hand during the revision process and make sure you are particularly well prepared to answer questions on the 6 or 7 topics that are expected to appear on each paper.

Key Takeaways

  • If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it
  • complete all lessons and Tutor Marked Assignments
  • Use the Advanced Information to tailor your revision

Subjects Updates

Pearson/Edexcel may issue updated information or additional guidance at any point.  Please check the subject page for Biology regularly.

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R Papers

If you are taking your exams in the following countries

  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam.

You will be studying for an R paper.

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R papers are papers which are sat by students in different timezones so that they don’t have to take their exams in the middle of the night!

There are different questions and topics in the Advanced Information for R papers.

If you are planning to take your exam in a foreign country, please check with your exam centre which paper you will be taking.  If you are taking an R paper, please discuss how this will affect your revision with your tutor.