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GCSE Biology - Years 9, 10 & 11

Specification

AQA GCSE Biology: The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

What will I study?

The course consists of 

What Skills and Qualities are required?

How will I learn?

 

How will I be assessed?

 

Where could it lead?

 

Additional requirements/information

 

Year 09

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Cell Biology

Cell structure

Animal and plant cells

Microscopy

Using microscopes

Drawing and measuring

Mathematical calculations

2 Transport in cells

Diffusion

Osmosis

Active transport

Growth, differentiation

Stem cells

Working scientifically 

Planning, recording and analysing data

Spring Term
1 Organisation and digestive system

Tissues and organs

Chemistry of food

Practical skills
2 Organisation and digestive systems

Human digestive system 

Enzymes

Working scientifically

Planning, recording and analysing 

Evaluating methods and data 

Summer Term
1 Organising animals and plants 

Circulatory system including the heart

Breathing and gas exchange 

Further development of application skills
2 Transport systems Transport in plants  Mathematical calculations 

Year 10

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Communicable Disease

Animal and plant diseases 

Viral and bacterial diseases

Working scientifically 

Evaluating research

2 Preventing and treating disease

Vaccination 

Antibiotics 

Developing drugs 

Monoclonal antibodies 

Application skills 

Analysing data

Spring Term
1 Non communicable diseases and photosynthesis

Cancer 

Smoking 

Diet, exercise and disease

Evaluating data and claims
2 Respiration and human nervous system

Response to exercise 
Reflex actions 

The brain

Working scientifically 

Mathematical skills 

Presentation of data

Summer Term
1 Hormonal Coordination

Controlling blood glucose 

Menstrual cycle 

Plant hormones

Application skills

Evaluating 

2

Adaptations interdependence and competition

Competition and adaptations in animals and plants

Distribution and abundance of organisms

Investigative skills 

Fieldwork using sampling techniques

Year 11

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Homeostasis in action

Kidneys

Controlling body temperature

Working scientifically 

Planning, recording, analysing and evaluating methods and data

2 DNA and genetics Protein synthesis  
Spring Term
1 Variation and evolution

Natural selection

Selective breeding 

Genetic engineering 

Cloning 

History of genetics and evolution 

Fossils and extinction

 
2 Adaptations, interdependence and communities 

Competition 

Adaptation in plants and animals

Feeding relationships 

Cycling and decomposition 

 
Summer Term
1 Biodiversity and ecosystems

Pollution 

Global warming 

Food production 

Maintaining biodiversity

 

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1

Cell structure and transport

Cell division

Exam style questions
CAT 2

Cell structure and transport

Cell division

Organisation and the digestive system

Organising animals and plants

End of year examination
CAT 3

Organising animals and plants

Communicable diseases

Test (exam style questions)
CAT 4 All disease topics and photosynthesis Test (exam style questions)
CAT 5 All GCSE topics covered so far

End of year examination

CAT 6

Homeostasis in action

reproduction

Test (exam style questions)
CAT 7 Paper 1 (chapters 1-9) Mock examination
CAT 8   GCSE Assessment Objectives

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text books

AQA Science Biology new GCSE (Oxford University Press)

All
Recommended reading

GCSE Biology AQA revision guide by CGP

GCSE Biology AQA revision guide (Oxford University Press)

All
Recommended websites

www.kerboodle.com (all pupils will have a login to this resource)

GCSE BBC Bitesize

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.my-gcsescience.com

All
Equipment Pens, pencils, rulers, calculator All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Year 11 Revision sessions From April
   

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