GCSE Course Content

SCIENCE GCSE

Students are set according to their ability at the start of year 9; top sets will follow the New AQA separate science (Triple) specifications which will result in a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 11, all other sets will follow the New AQA Trilogy specification which is a dual award course resulting in two GCSE science grades at the end of Year 11. All GCSE courses are now linear and have no coursework/controlled assessment components.

Biology course content

‚ÄčThe Biology GCSE Course for both Triple and Trilogy is divided into 7 main themes.

  1. Cell Biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and Response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and Response
  6. Variation and Evolution
  7. Ecology

Students on the Triple course will complete 10 Biology required practicals during the 3 years. Students of the Trilogy course will complete 7 Biology required practicals.

Students will sit an end of topic test every half term during Year 9,10 and 11 as well as 2 formal internal assessments throughout the year.

Biology year 11 Assessments

Students on Triple and Trilogy will sit 2 Biology papers at the end of Year 11.

Triple students (11a1 - 11b1)

Paper 1

  • 15th May 2018
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Themes 1 - 4

Paper 2

  • 11th June 2018
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Themes 5 - 7

Trilogy Students (11b2 - 11d3)

Paper 1

  • 15th May 2018
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Themes 1 - 4

Paper 2

  • 11th June 2018
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Themes 5 - 7