Tel: 0117 3772200
 
 
Biology
 
 

 

Staff

Mrs C Liew – Leader of Biology and Field Studies
Mrs H Powers – Leader of Learning – Science

 

 

Mrs R Carmichael – Head of Year 7
Mrs C Ford

 
 
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Biology at Key Stage 3:

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.
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.

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)

 

 

Useful Links

GCSE and A level Revision
Biological animations
Society of biology



KS3, GCSE and A level
Crash course biology