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Unit 6 Biology Edexcel Coursework

GCE Biology

Unit 5 pre-release Scientific Article

TheUnit 5 pre-release Scientific Article will be available on the Biology website to download from 21 March 2016 to distribute to your candidates in preparation for sitting Paper 5 in summer 2016. A reminder will be sent in early March. In the meantime to get a flavour of the different types of article and the style of questions asked, please visit Scientific Articles and past papers for Unit 5.

Unit 3 Case Study/Issue Report (Coursework)

The Unit 3 Case Study/Issue Report (Coursework) submission deadline is 15 May 2016.

Candidates can re-sit Unit 3 this summer 2016 if they wish. They do not have to go on another Issue Visit or submit a different Case Study, their existing Unit 3 coursework can be amended and then resubmitted.

The Unit 3 coursework can either be:

  • Teacher-Assessed and moderated by Edexcel (entry code A), or
  • externally marked by an Edexcel Examiner (entry code B).

Unit 6 Investigation (Coursework)

The Unit 6 Investigation (Coursework) deadline submission is also 15 May 2016. Candidates can re-sit Unit 6 in summer 2016.

The Unit 6 coursework can either be:

  • Teacher-Assessed and moderated by Edexcel (entry code A), or
  • externally marked by an Edexcel Examiner (entry code B). 

Hi ann123,

I believe this is a coursework module and so you are being tested on your biological literacy and your ability to communicate that to a reader, using appropriate scientific language, via your report.

Exactly how you would prepare for this depends a little bit on how your centre (school/college) approaches this task.  Some places conduct an experiment and then students write a report on it, whilst others ask students to choose a topic.

In general however, a good place to start is to think about what the broad topics are that you have covered in your course to date and think about ways in which they link together across themes or techniques (e.g. conservation may be a theme).  You could think about what biological methods or processes are involved (e.g. conservation >> plants >> respiration) and the implications of this theme (e.g. it affects the environment, reproduction, ecosystems).

A mind map may help you to focus and organise the way in which the different topics you've learnt can fit together around different biological processes.

Remember that your text book may be a lot of help here (as it will be selected to match your exam board requirements).

It is hard to give you more specific advice without knowing a bit more about your individual situation, but I hope that helps point you in the right direction.

If you'd like a bit more help or discussion then feel free to get in touch for a lesson.



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