Biology

Year 9 Biology 2017-2018

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

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Cells and transport

31 October Tutor Evening

3 (5 weeks) Transport

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

29 January Option Evening

1 February Parents’ Evening

8  February Parents’ Evening

4 (6 weeks) Mitosis and stem cells

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Proteins and the digestive system
6 (7 weeks) Proteins

Week commencing 18 June: Year 9 exam week

12  July 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

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Disease
3 (5 weeks) Bioenergetics

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Homeostasis

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Homeostasis

19 April Parents’ Evening

6 (7 weeks) Plants

 Week commencing 18 June: Year 10 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 2018-19

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

 

Year 10 SCIENCE TRILOGY (Biology)

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) Organisation – Human digestive system and protein

Circulatory system

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Disease
3 (5 weeks) Disease and drugs

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Bioenergetics 19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (6 weeks) Homeostasis 19 April Parents’ Evening
6 (7 weeks) Plants

Week commencing 18 June: Year 10 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 2018-19

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:  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) Genetics

25 September Reports Open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Evolution

14 December – 20 December  Mock Exams

3 (5 weeks) Ecology

9 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Ecology

22 Feb Parents’ Evening

1 March Parents’ Evening

5 (6 weeks) Catch up

23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Year 11 SCIENCE TRILOGY (Biology)

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) Genetics

25 September Reports Open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (7 weeks) Evolution and classification

14 December – 20 December  Mock Exams

3 (7 weeks) Ecology

9 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Ecology

22 Feb Parents’ Evening

1 March Parents’ Evening

5 (5 weeks) Revision

23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

 Year 12 Biology

Course title: A-Level Biology Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7401
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 practical’s 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)

 

Biological molecules Cells
16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2   

(8 weeks)

Biological molecules Cells
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
1 Feb  Mock Exams
4

(6 weeks)

 

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

8  March Parents’ Evening

5  

(6 weeks)

 

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Organisms exchange substances with their environment
11 June Reports Open

27 June – 3 July Exam Week

9 July data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

6

(7 weeks)

 

Practical work and bioenergetics Practical work and statistics

 

 Year 13 Biology

Course title: A-Level Biology Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7401
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
18 September UCAS Data Drop

9 October- Reports open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2   

(8 weeks)

 

Energy transfer between organisms and the environment Bioenergetics
12 December Parents’ Evening
3  

(5 weeks)

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment Genetics and evolution
1 Feb- 5 Feb Mock exams
4

(6 weeks)

 

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment The control of gene expression
26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
REVISION REVISION
5  

(6 weeks)

REVISION REVISION
23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)