Biology GCSE

The course

The specification aims to improve scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding which candidates need to engage, as informed citizens, with science based issues. The qualification uses contemporary, relevant contexts of interest to candidates, which are approached through a range of teaching and learning activities. Studying Biology as a single science provides an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of science explanations, how science works and the study of elements of applied science, with particular relevance to professional scientists. GCSE Biology is suited to students who have an interest in science or wish to study Biology at A level.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. Regular homework and tests mean students consolidate their intellectual and study skills and receive essential exam practice.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to keeping healthy, nerves and hormones, drugs, interdependence and adaptation, food chains, waste materials, genetics and evolution.

Unit 2

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, photosynthesis, the environment, proteins, respiration, cell division, inheritance and speciation.

Unit 3

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to movement of molecules in and out of cells, transport systems, homeostasis and human impact on the environment.

Unit 4 · Controlled Assessment

25% weighting

This component comprises a Practical Investigation and is carried out under teacher supervision. This unit is assessed internally and then externally moderated by AQA.

Reading

New AQA Science GCSE Biology
By A. Fullick, B. Cox, N. Miles
Published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 9781408508268

Exam Board and Specification Codes

AQA Biology 4401 (legacy)