Biology

 Year 9 Biology 2016/2017

Course title: GCSE SCIENCE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8462/8464
How will students be assessed?
  • Students will sit six external exams (two in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 16.7% of their final GCSE grade. All exams will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Questions will be knowledge based as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology GCSE Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of cell biology, organisation, infection and response and bioenergetics

Biology GCSE Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology

Half term                             Key content
1 (7 weeks) Cells
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) Cells and transport
3 (7 weeks) Transport
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
9th February Parents’ Evening
4 (6 weeks) Mitosis and  stem cells
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Proteins and the digestive system
6 (7 weeks) Proteins
Week commencing 19th June: Year 9 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Year 10 Biology

Course title:  Biology Exam board:  AQA Specification code:  8461
How will students be assessed?
  • Students will sit two external exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 50% of their final GCSE grade. Both exams will be 1 hour and 45 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.   Questions will be knowledge based as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology GCSE Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of cell biology, organisation, infection and response and bioenergetics

Biology GCSE Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology

In year 9 students began the GCSE course.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Organisational hierarchy
Proteins and digestion
Circulatory system
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) Disease
3 (7 weeks) Bioenergetics
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4 (6 weeks) Homeostasis
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Homeostasis
27th April Parents’ Evening
6 (7 weeks)                 Plants
Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

2017-18

Half term                   Key content
1 (7 weeks) Genetics
2 (7 weeks) Evolution
3 (7 weeks) Ecology
4 (6 weeks) Ecology
5 (5 weeks) Catch up

 SCIENCE TRILOGY (Biology) – Y10 2016-2017

Course title: GCSE SCIENCE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8464
How will students be assessed?
  • Students will sit six external exams (two in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 16.7% of their final GCSE grade. All exams will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.   Questions will be knowledge based as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of  cell biology, organisation, infection and response and bioenergetics
Biology Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of  homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology

In year 9 students began the GCSE course

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)                     Human digestive system and proteins
Circulatory system
Disease
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks)
3 (7 weeks) Disease and drugs
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4 (6 weeks) Bioenergetics
Homeostasis
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL) 27th April Parents’ Evening 
5 (5 weeks)
6 (7 weeks) Plants
Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

2017-18

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)                      Genetics
2 (7 weeks) Evolution and classification
3 (7 weeks) Ecology
4 (6 weeks) Ecology
5 (5 weeks) Revision

Year 11 Biology

Course title: Biology Exam board: AQA Specification code:
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.  All exams will be 1 hour in length requiring students to answer structured and closed questions.  There will be at least one question per paper assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

An Investigative Skills Assignment is also completed under controlled conditions in class which is worth 25% of the final grade.  

B1: Keeping healthy, coordination and control, medicine, adaptation for survival, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology and evolution.
B2: Cells, organisms in the environment, enzymes, respiration, simple inheritance, old and new species.
B3: Exchange of materials, transporting materials, Homeostasis, humans and the environment.

Half term                    Key content
1 (7 weeks) Genetics
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) Genetics and environment
Mock Exams commence 9th December until 16th December
3 (7 weeks) Environment
9th January data collection (mock grade, PEG and ATL)
16th February Parents Evening
4 (6 weeks) Evolution
20th March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Revision

Year 11 Additional Biology

Course title: Additional (Biology) Exam board: AQA Specification code:
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit six external exams (two in each science subject) at the end of Year 11 (We are examining core science and additional science). Each paper is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade in each of the two GCSEs.  All exams will be 1 hour in length requiring students to answer structured and closed questions.  There will be at least one question per paper assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Two investigative Skills Assignment is also completed under controlled conditions in class which is worth 25% of the final grade.

B1: Keeping healthy, coordination and control, medicine, adaptation for survival, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology and evolution.

B2: Cells, organisms in the environment, enzymes, respiration, simple inheritance, old and new species.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)            Cells and enzymes including ISA
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) Cells and enzymes and organisms in the environment
Mock Exams commence 9th December until 16th December
3 (7 weeks) Respiration
9th January data collection (mock grade, PEG and ATL)
16th February Parents Evening
4 (6 weeks) Genetics and Evolution
20th March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Revision

Year 12 Biology

Course title: A-Level Biology Exam board: AQA Specification code:
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three two hour external exams at the end of Year 13.  During the course, along with other practical work, students will carry out 12 assessed practicals which will lead to the students being awarded their practical skills endorsement.

Biology Paper 1: (91 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions on the topic areas from year 12.  Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology Paper 2: (91 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions as well as a comprehension question on the topic areas from year 13.  Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology Paper 3: (78 marks)
Students will complete structured questions including practical techniques, critical analysis and an essay.

Teacher 1 Teacher 2
1     (7 weeks)                         Biological molecules Cells
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2   (7 weeks) Biological molecules Cells
3  (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb
4  (6 weeks) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)
Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March
5  (5 weeks) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Mock Exams 2: Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May
6  (7 weeks) Practical work and bioenergetics Practical work and statistics
Data Drop/Year 12 Reports begin Monday 3rd July – Mock Exam grade 2 to be entered here.

 Year 13 Biology

Course title: A-Level Biology Exam board: AQA Specification code:
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three two hour external exams at the end of Year 13.  During the course, along with other practical work, students will carry out 12 assessed practicals which will lead to the students being awarded their practical skills endorsement.

Biology Paper 1: (91 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions on the topic areas from year 12.  Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology Paper 2: (91 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions as well as a comprehension question on the topic areas from year 13.  Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Biology Paper 3: (78 marks)
Students will complete structured questions including practical techniques, critical analysis and an essay.

Half term Key content
Teacher 1 Teacher 2
1  (7 weeks)              Ecosystems Bioenergetics
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2   (7 weeks) Energy transfer between organisms and the environment Bioenergetics
17th November Year 13 Reports Released
Year 13 Parents’ Evening: Wednesday 7th December
3   (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment Genetics and evolution
Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb
4   (6 weeks) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment The control of gene expression
Year 13 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)
REVISION Revision
5  (5 weeks) REVISION REVISION
Mock Exams 2: Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May