AQA GCSE Biology (8461)
This course is examined through 2 exam papers each is 1 hour 45 minutes long and students can be entered for Foundation or Higher tier. Each paper contains a mixture of types of exam questions: multiple choice, structured, short answer and longer written answer.
We work with our students at CHES to develop their confidence and gain a more cohesive, detailed understanding of the world around us. Students will also be supported to improve their exam techniques through regular supported practice. Students will study the required Practicals that are part of GCSE Biology. This is done during normal lessons and students can attend practical sessions where students come together in small groups to carry out the required practicals.
Command words are the words and phrases used in exams and other assessment tasks that tell you how they should answer the question. Like the ‘orders’ or ‘instructions’ within a question. Knowing these will help you ‘decode’ the questions and know what sort of answer to write.
Paper 1 covers topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics
Paper 2, covers topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology
Why is Biology a good GCSE to have?
By studying Biology you will gain a better understanding of the world around you and this makes life much more interesting. Biology is also a key subject for lots of STEM Career pathways. "STEM" is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM workers solve everyday problems, research and analyse data about the world around us, and use their knowledge to design everything from computer programs to prosthetic limbs and finding solutions to things such as helping endangered species, climate change research and dietary advice.
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