Biology at Key Stage 3:
Students can use Kerboodle to access ‘Activate’ - an online version of the textbook. Please contact your child’s science teacher for details on how to log on.
All pupils begin their time at St Bede’s studying general science. The topics are split into biology, chemistry and physics units throughout years 7-9. They involve a large practical in element in biology and topics covered include the human body, cells, genetics, disease, classification and the environment.
Biology at Key Stage 4:
New GCSE Sciences have been developed for teaching from September 2016. Year 11 are currently studying OCR 21st century whereas Year 10 are studying the new AQA (9-1) Biology.
Year 11 students studying OCR 21st Century Science
- Course details : OCR Twenty First Century Science Biology A – J243
- Assessment: Triple science students will sit three examinations per science (a total of nine examinations)
- Units B1-3 (Core): 25% (1 hour written paper May of Yr11)
- Units B4-6 (Additional): 25% (1 hour written paper June of Yr11)
- Unit B7 (Further Biology): 25% (1 hour written paper June of Yr11)
- Practical controlled assessment: 25% (Term 5 & 6 of Yr10)
Year 10 students studying AQA (9-1) Biology:
Students in Year 10 can use Kerboodle to access an online textbook along with quizzes and activities. All students have been issued with a username and password. Please contact your child’s biology teacher for more details.
- Course details : AQA (9-1) Biology
- Assessment: Triple science students will sit two examinations per science (a total of six examinations):
- Paper 1: Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics
- Paper 2: Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
- Both examinations are written exams, 1 hour 45 minutes in length; count as 50% of GCSE.
Biology at Key Stage 5:
A-level Biology - OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (H420)
- Specification details are available here
- Content is split into six teaching modules:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
- Assessment consists of three examination papers all sat in the summer of year 13:
- Biological processes (01), 2 hour 15 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and contributes 37% to final grade
- Biological diversity (02), 2 hour 15 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and contributes 37% to final grade
- Unified Biology (03), 1 hour 30 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and contributes 26% to final grade
- In addition, students will complete a practical endorsement (non-exam assessment – reported separately)