Biology

Curriculum Information

Year 9 Biology 2018/2019

Course title: Biology 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 (8 weeks) Cells
2 (7 weeks) Cells and transport
3 (6 weeks) Transport
4 (6 weeks) Mitosis and stem cells
5 (5 weeks) Proteins and the digestive system
6 (7 weeks) Proteins  

Year 10 Biology 2018-2019

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 (8 weeks) Organisational hierarchy
Proteins and digestion
Circulatory system 
2 (7 weeks) Disease
3 (6 weeks) Bioenergetics
4 (6 weeks) Homeostasis
5 (5 weeks) Homeostasis
6 (7 weeks) Plants

 

Year 10 COMBINED SCIENCE BIOLOGY  2018/2019

Course title: 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 (8 weeks) Organisation – Human digestive system and protein
Circulatory system
2 (7 weeks) Disease
3 (6 weeks) Disease and drugs
4 (6 weeks) Bioenergetics
5 (5 weeks) Homeostasis
6 (7 weeks) Plantso websitr

 

Year 11 Biology 2018/2019

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

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Genetics
2 (7 weeks) Evolution
3 (6 weeks) Ecology
4 (6 weeks) Ecology
5 (5 weeks) Revision

 

Year 11 Biology – Trilogy – 2018/2019

Course title: 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

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Genetics
2 (7 weeks) Evolution and classification
3 (6 weeks) Ecology
4 (6 weeks) Ecology
5 (5 weeks) Revision

 

Year 12 Biology 2018/2019

Course title: 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
1 (8 weeks) Biological molecules
Cells
2 (7 weeks) Biological molecules
Cells
3 (6 weeks) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 (6 weeks) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
5 (5 weeks) Practical work and bioenergetics
6 (7 weeks) Practical work and bioenergetics

 

Year 13 Biology 2018/2019

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
1 (8 weeks) Ecosystems
Bioenergetics 
2 (7 weeks) Bioenergetics
Energy transfer between organisms and the environment 
3 (6 weeks) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
Genetics and evolution 
4 (6 weeks) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
The control of gene expression 
5 (5 weeks) REVISION
6 (7 weeks) Exams