WASSCE / WAEC Biology Syllabus


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 Note:

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Biology Syllabus is drawn up from the Biology Teaching Curricula of the member countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The international syllabus should be used in conjunction with the respective teaching syllabuses where the candidates are domiciled.

The Biology Syllabus is divided into three sections, A, B, and C. Section A is for all candidates. Section B is for candidates in Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. Section C is for candidates in Nigeria.

 WASSCE / WAEC Biology Syllabus Aims and Objectives

This Elective Biology syllabus is designed to assess candidates on the following areas below:

  1. Understanding of the structure and functions of living organisms as well as appreciation of nature;
  1. Acquisition of adequate laboratory and field skills in order to carry out and evaluate experiments and projects in Biology;
  1. Acquisition of necessary scientific skills for example observing, classifying and interpreting biological data;
  1. Relevant knowledge in Biology, needed for future advanced studies in biological science;
  1. Acquisition of scientific attitudes for problem solving;
  1. Ability to apply biological principles in everyday life in matters that affect personal, social, environmental, community health and economic problems.

Examination Scheme

There will be two papers, Paper 1/3 and Paper 2, both of which must be taken with a total score of 200 marks.

Paper 1

This paper will be a practical test (for school candidates only) lasting 2 hours and consisting of three parts I, II and III. The paper will carry a total score of 80 marks. Candidates will be expected to answer all the questions in part I and in addition one question from either part II or III.

Part I

This part will consist of two compulsory questions drawn from Section A of the Syllabus each carrying 25 marks.

Part II

This part is for candidates in Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. It will consist of one question drawn from section B of the Syllabus, carrying 30 marks.

Part III

This part is for candidates in Nigeria. It will consist of one question drawn from Section C of the Syllabus, carrying 30 marks.

Paper 2

This paper will consist of two sections A and B, lasting 2½ hours.

Section A

This section will consist of 60 multiple-choice objective questions drawn from Section A of the Syllabus. It will carry 60 marks and last for one hour.

Section B

This section will consist of eight (8) essay questions drawn from all the sections of the syllabus. The section will consist of three parts : I, II and III candidates will be expected to answer three questions in 1½ hours.

Taking two questions from part I and one question from either part II or III. Each question will carry 20 marks. The total score will be 60 marks.

Part I

This part will consist of four questions drawn from Section A of the Syllabus.

Candidates are expected to answer two questions from this part.

Part II

This part is for candidates in Ghana, Sierra-Leone and The Gambia. It will consist of two questions drawn from Section B of the Syllabus. Each question carries 20 marks. Candidates will be expected to answer one question from this part.

Part III

This part is for candidates in Nigeria. It will consist of two questions drawn from Section C of the Syllabus, each question carries 20 marks. Candidates will be expected to answer one question from this part.

Paper 3

This paper which is for private candidates only, will be a Test of Practical Work lasting 2 hours and carrying 80 marks.

The paper will consist of three parts, I, II and III.

Candidates will be expected to answer all the questions in part I and in addition, all the questions in either part II or part III.

Part I

This part will consist of questions drawn from section A of the Syllabus carrying a total of 50 marks.

Part II

This part is for candidates in Ghana, Sierra-Leone and The Gambia. It will consist of questions drawn from section B of the Syllabus carrying a total of 30 marks.

Part III

This part is for candidates in Nigeria. It will consist of questions drawn from section C of the Syllabus carrying a total of 30 marks.

 Continuous  Assessment

The continuous assessment component shall form 30% of the total marks for the assessment of candidates.

Details of the input into the continuous assessment shall be given by the Council.

12 Responses

  1. precious says:

    I need biology waec topics and not how to answer questions

  2. amaka peter says:

    i was expecting a syllabus not scheme.please can you update it

  3. amaka peter says:

    i was expecting a syllabus not scheme

  4. AMARA VANDI says:

    WAEC IS THE BEST ACCREDITED EXAMINATIONS BODY

  5. kpeale legbara says:

    but that is not the syllabus .Does wassce even have syllabus for any subject

    • Giovanni says:

      Hi Kpeale Legbara. These are official WAEC syllabus…Of course, WAEC has an official syllabus which allows teachers to know what to cover and so forth!

  6. john kisseh says:

    2016 Bece likely questions on science

  7. essa says:

    oh thank you every much guys i indeed learn a lot from you

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