Science - Biology

Key Stage 4

Biology

Programme of Study

Students will follow the AQA Biology syllabus.

Specification number: 8461

Link to the specification website : HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/SCIENCE/GCSE/BIOLOGY-8461

The content below is from the present DRAFT specification :

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Paper

Topics

Assessment

Weighting

1

1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics.

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

2

5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks 

 

50% of GCSE

 

Each exam is a mixture of Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Unlike previous courses there is no coursework element in the new courses.

Additional Information

Triple Science including Biology have proved to be very successful in achieving excellent progress for students of both high and middle ability choosing that pathway.

The department provides support from staff during the course both during lunch breaks and after school; we value the hard work from our students and always want to be on hand to assist where needed.

 We also run revision sessions for internal tests, mock examinations and external examinations. These include Easter revision for GCSE.

Students studying triple science often wish to embark on science based careers and the staff advice on university pathways and possible routes to achieve these aims.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands over the course of GCSE study, during revision and during the vital exam period.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs L Holland : Head of Science & Biology

 

Key Stage 5

Biology

 

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA Biology syllabus.

Specification number: 7402

Link to the specification website : www.aqa.org.uk/7402 

 

Section 1(Core content: Terms 1-3)

Section 2 (Core content: Terms

3-5)

Section 3 Practical skills

(Terms 1-5)

 

 

 

Skill based including;

Problem solving

 

Application of scientific knowledge to practical contexts

 

Implementation of practical skills

Presentation of data

 

Analysis and evaluation

 

Numeracy and the application of mathematical concepts in a practical context

 

 

 

Accreditation Structure

Component

Mode of Assessment

weighting

 

Paper 1: Any content including topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

Short and long answer questions (76 marks)

Extended response questions (15 marks)

Total 91 marks

 

 

 

35%

 

Paper 2: Any content including topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

Short and long answer questions (76 marks)

Comprehension questions (15 marks)

Total 91 marks

 

 

 

35%

 

Paper 3: Any content including topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

Structured questions including practical techniques (38 marks)

Critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks)

One essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks)

 

 

30%

Practical Endorsement

No examination

Reported separately

 

 

Additional Information

  • Experienced Biology teachers for support, guidance and delivery of the course.
  • Staff available for additional help outside of lesson time.
  • Assistance with university applications for science related degrees.
  • Revision for examinations will take place throughout the course for internal testing and guidance. There will be a more focused revision approach during term 5&6

How Parents/ Carers can help

‘Parents are a child’s first and most enduring educators’. With your interest, encouragement and understanding you will be able, not only to maximise your child’s attainment, but also their curiosity and enjoyment in learning.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs. L. Holland – Head of Biology/Science. Mrs green and Miss Perez A Level Biology teachers.

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