Biology Edexcel Coursework Mark Scheme

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). 

Removal of OPTEMS

In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:

  • you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
  • a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
  • it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
  • Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes

If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.

The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.

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