Edexcel A Level Biology Coursework Mark Scheme

Enquiries about results (EAR)

If you're a centre with a concern about a student's results, you can use our post-results services. We have details about these services and their cost online.

Visit the 'Enquiries about results' pages

Access To Scripts

After the summer 2017 results are published in August, centres will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our Self-Service Portal via Edexcel Online.

The Self-Service Portal will be available until the final post-results deadline for each exam series:

  • Summer 2017 - Thursday 28 September 2017

Customers should save and/or print any scripts they need for teaching and learning purposes before the post-results deadline.

Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's Report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.

If scripts have been marked "traditionally" (i.e. not online), centres will have to request them via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series. These scripts will also be free of charge, but the final dates to request them are the same as the published JCQ Access to Scripts deadlines. 

Please note: candidate's consent must be sought by the centre before viewing a script. this can only be obtained from results day and not before that point.

Visit the 'Access to scripts' pages

Post Results Fees

Details of all updated fees for our post results services  from 1 August 2017 can be found online.

See 'Post results fees' from 1 August 2017

Understanding marks

Get an overview of how we mark assessments and consistently award grades that fairly reflect a learner's performance. This includes setting grade boundaries and converting raw marks to UMS.

Visit the 'Understanding marks' pages

For the new AS and A level UMS will not be used. The qualification will be awarded at qualification level and the grade boundaries will be set on the achievement from all components. We will issue notional grade boundaries for components.

Key dates

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). 

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