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GCSE
G C S E S P E C I F I C AT I O N




Specification

Biology
For exams January 2012 onwards
For certification June 2013 onwards

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GCSE
Specification




Biology
4401

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This specification is published on the AQA website (aqa.org.uk). We will let centres know in writing about any
changes to the specification. We will also publish changes on our website. The version on the website is the
definitive version; this may differ from printed versions.

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)




Contents
1 Introduction 2
1.1 Why choose AQA? 2
1.2 Why choose GCSE Biology? 3
1.3 How do I start using this specification? 4
1.4 How can I find out more? 4
2 Specification at a Glance 5
3 Subject…

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
Introduction




1 Introduction
1.1 Why choose AQA?
We, AQA, are the United Kingdom's
favourite awarding body and more
candidates get their academic
qualifications from us than from
any other body. But why are we
so popular?



We understand the different…

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Introduction
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1.2 Why choose GCSE Biology?
GCSE Biology enables you to provide a Key Stage 4 We've changed:
biology course for learners of any ability, whether they some of the content following the feedback we've
intend to study biology…

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Introduction




1 With the exception of GCSE Science B, which is a new
development, AQA's science GCSEs have evolved
This includes:

from our current specifications. Some changes have Preparing to Teach meetings
been required by regulations. In our work, we've…

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Specification at a Glance
Specification at a Glance
Unit 1: Biology 1
Written paper ­ 1 hour

60 marks ­ 25%

Structured and closed questions
2
At least one question assessing Quality of Written
Communication in a science context.




Unit…

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Subject Content
3.1 Introduction to Subject Content
The subject content of this specification is presented in
five sections:
Subject Content




How Science Works
the three sections of substantive content,
Biology 1, Biology 2, Biology 3
and the Controlled Assessment (Unit…

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3.2 How Science Works
This section is the content underpinning the science Fundamental ideas
that candidates need to know and understand. Evidence must be approached with a critical eye. It is
Candidates will be tested on How Science Works in…

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