Examination Board: AQA
Exact Course Title: GCSE Biology
Why should I study Science?
Every pupil is required to take Science throughout Key Stage 4. You will study Combined Science unless you opt for Triple Science. Studying separate sciences will equip students with the skills and knowledge considered essential for post-16 courses in the sciences as well as providing many transferrable skills into many careers.
What will I learn?
You will study a range of topics in all of the sciences over 3 years.
- Biology includes work on cells, infection, bioenergetics, homeostasis, inheritance and ecology.
- Chemistry includes atoms, bonding, quantitative chemistry, energy changes, reaction rates, organic chemistry, chemical analysis and the atmosphere.
- Physics includes forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, particle theory and atomic structure.
What will be expected of me?
You will be expected to actively participate in practical work, group discussions and research. You will need to learn many key scientific terms and make reference to them in answering questions. An inquisitive mind and attention to detail are good scientific qualities. You will need to be thorough in your investigative work and have an active mind to provide detailed explanations of concepts.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop research skills, listening skills and analytical skills. You will become confident in carrying out investigative work and accurately recording and presenting your findings. You will learn to work as part of a group and to consider the views and opinions of other students. You will be able to present an informed view of topical scientific issues and develop the ability to view the issues from both sides before coming to a conclusion. You will need to analyse scientific data and explain this linking it to current scientific theory.
How will I be assessed?
Students will sit six examination papers at the end of Year 11, two in each of the three subjects. Each will be for 1 hour 45 minutes and will contribute 50% of the overall subject award. Questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. A minimum of 8 practicals will be undertaken in each of the sciences during the year, with questions on these being added into the final examination paper of the subject area they relate to.
Where will this qualification lead me?
Students completing the course will be able to undertake further study at A Level and continue into University or employment. The skills acquired in science apply to many careers including Engineering, Life Sciences, Forensic investigation, Biomedical Research, Veterinary Sciences.