Key Stage 4 - Biology

Exam board: AQA Biology (8461)

Aims of the course

The GCSE in Biology offered at KSHS is in line with the AQA qualification.

The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Course content/structure

Students begin their GCSE course in Year 9 when they have 1 lesson per week of Biology. Students are allocated 3 hours per fortnight in Year 10 and 4 in Year 11 for their Biology studies.

The course is divided into 7 main topic areas:

  1. Cell Biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

Assessment Information

Paper 1 50% of final grade

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes in duration covering topics 1 to 4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics. Student questions include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2 50% of final grade

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes in duration covering topics 5 to 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology. Student questions include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.