Biology

GCSE Biology

Why choose GCSEs in Separate Sciences?

All students will study AQA GCSE Combined Science in Y9 and Y10. Some students predicted to achieve Grade 7 or above will then have the opportunity to study all 3 separate sciences in Y11, subject to an interview and a discussion about the students’ anticipated career plans. 

What will I study? AQA GCSE Biology

Unit 4.1 Cells - Unit 4.2 Organisation -  Unit 4.3 Infection -  Unit 4.4 Bioenergetics - Unit 4.5 Homeostasis - Unit 4.6 Inheritance - Unit 4.7 Ecology

Who would this course suit?

Students predicted (at the end of Y10) to achieve Grade 7 or above by the end of Y11 will be invited to an interview to discuss the option of studying separate sciences.

How will I learn?

To be successful in science students need to be able to explain key scientific concepts, apply mathematical skills and work scientifically.  During the course students will investigate hypotheses through practical investigations.  Practical work is a key aspect of the Biology GCSE. Students will also need to explain, analyse and evaluate scientific ideas through extended writing tasks.

The Science Department is well resourced and has a number of online resources to support independent learning.

How will my work be assessed?

The work is externally assessed by terminal examinations at the end of Y11. There are no controlled assessments. Progress will be monitored by internal assessments which take place at the end of every Unit.

Paper 1 exam (June Year11) 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of the GCSE

Paper 2 exam (June Year11) 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of the GCSE

How can I use this course after Year 11/ in the future?

The work covered in GCSE Biology is an ideal preparation for progressing to A- Level study. A number of students may also progress to vocational scientific qualifications. Biology is an important aspect of many different careers from those in medicine and healthcare to those with an environmental aspect.


If I want to know more I should ask…

Mr Lilly: Head of Science Department