Biology is the science of life: the study of living things and how they relate to other life forms and their external environment. It also deals with what can go wrong and how such problems may be corrected or treated. It concerns itself with feeding the world and keeping life and the Earth healthy. It probably covers more ‘-ologies’ than any other field of study.  Biology in years 7 and 8 is taught as part of the Science curriculum.

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Exam Board and Subject Content

All students follow AQA Biology (First examination 2018)

Year 10 study comprises of the following topics building upon foundations laid in year 9.

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution

Year 11

  • Ecology
  • Higher paper 1 and paper 2 content

Assessment consists of two written papers, each 1hr 45mins in length, formed from multiple choice and structured and extended responses with a strong emphasis on application, practical skills and 10% maths.  Paper 1 covers the first 4 topics, paper 2 the last three topics.  Key ideas are assessed in both papers.

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