Students will study GCSE Biology over 3 years. Building on knowledge from KS3 science where students have had a brief overview of topics covered at GCSE.
In each unit there are opportunities for students to develop investigative skills and gain a better understanding of “how science works”. We follow the new Gateway Biology A specification, within which there is a strong emphasis on Knowledge Recall (40%), Application of Knowledge (40%) and analysis/evaluation of experimental work (20%). The whole course is examined via 2 x 1hr 45 min exams at the end of Year 11.
The course requires an understanding of several core practicals which cover the key concepts in Biology.
Year 9 Programme of study
B1.1 Cell structures
B1.2 What happens in cells (and what do cells need)?
B2.1 Supplying the cell
B2.2 The challenges of size
Year 10 Programme of study
Topic B3: Organism level systems
B3.1 Coordination and control – the nervous system
B3.2 Coordination and control – the endocrine system
B3.3 Maintaining internal environments
Topic B4: Community level systems
Topic B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
B5.2 Natural selection and evolution
Year 11 Programme of study
Topic B6: Global challenges
B6.1 Monitoring and maintaining the environment
B6.2 Feeding the human race
B6.3 Monitoring and maintaining health
Revision of all Biology topics (B1; B2; B3; B4; B5; B6) and Required practicals.
Skills / Knowledge / Understanding
Students will be expected to develop their scientific, mathematical and investigative skills in all Biology during their course of studies. Learn the key facts and equations for each topic of study.
Methods of assessment / accreditation structure
These courses are linear, with all the examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. Students will sit 2 examinations consisting of 2 papers of 1 hour 45 minutes. There are two Biology papers P1-P3 and P4-P6.
End of topic assessments; Examination Style Question Homework’s; Cumulative Knowledge tests, Mock examinations
On-going support, focused feedback and targets for improvement will be provided by their class teacher on the examination style homework’s.
In School Contacts
Please speak to your child’s Science Teacher or Mrs E Laxton (Head of Science): firstname.lastname@example.org
How Parents and Carers can help
Have a conversation with your child about their day include subject specific words from the topic glossary
Ensuring homework is fully completed on time to the best of their ability. Students should use class notes, topic summary maps, and the revision guide can also be used to assist with homework, as well as the online text books (kerboodle)
Print past papers and mark schemes. Work on a mark a minute in exam conditions, and then use resources to fill in any gaps in another colour, and then use the mark scheme to mark and correct the work. Then encourage your child to talk to their class teacher about any areas which they struggled with or need further clarification.
Support the department by ensuring that your child attends any intervention sessions that they are invited to or which is being run for all students. These sessions can really make a difference to student success.
Resources, Software and Websites used
CPG Combined Science Revision Guide and Workbook
Exercise books; Topic Glossary and Topic on a page; Learning Grids