GCSE Biology

Introducton

GCSE Biology is a single GCSE taken by a select number of students. Students are allocated to triple science during year 10. The course builds on the Key Stage 3 curriculum and knowledge learnt from studying biology as a part of combined science. It encourages students to explore, explain, theorise and model in biology and develops a critical approach to scientific evidence. Practical skills are embedded in the course as students complete 10 required practicals which develop their ability to follow methods, collect data, analyse data and evaluate practical procedures.

 

GCSE Biology aims to equip students with a good understanding of a range of topics in biology, covering more content than biology taught as a part of combined science. After sitting the exams, students will attain one GCSE grade (9-1).

How is the course assessed?

There are two papers and each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. At the end of the course students will be awarded a grade based on their scores across the two papers.

 

Students will either sit Foundation (grade 1-5) or Higher (grade 4-9) exams.

 

Each exam comprises:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 1 Units

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection Response
  • Bioenergetics

Paper 2 Units

  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Equipment

Equipment that students must bring to every science lesson:

  • Scientific calculator
In Y11, all students must bring their Knowledge Organisers to all lessons. These will be provided by school and must be returned at the end of year 11.

Homework and learning outside of the classroom

Homework will be set once a fortnight (this will take approximately 1 hour)

Homework tasks will be a combination of online homework set on www.senecalearning.com and past exam paper questions

 

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