The AQA Biology course enables students to: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of Biology; develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory and in other learning environments; develop their ability to evaluate claims based on Biology through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
GCSE Biology is well suited to students who wish to study Biology at A level and beyond. A qualification in Biology is ideal for students considering careers in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and any type of fundamental scientific research.
What skills do I need?
You will need a curiosity to learn about the natural world, a desire to gain insight into how science works and of its relevance to everyday lives. Investigative, mathematical and English language skills will all be necessary to achieve highly in this subject.
How is the course assessed?
There are two written examinations, each accounting for 50% of your marks and each of 1 hour 45 minutes duration. Both papers consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response type questions.
Paper 1 will assess Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; and Bioenergetics.
Paper 2 will assess Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance, Variation and Evolution; and Ecology.
(provided by the college)
AQA GCSE Biology 3rd Edition
By A. Fullick, A. Coates
Published by OUP, ISBN 9780198359371
Exam Board and Specification Codes
AQA Biology 8461
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