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GCSE
Specification
Biology
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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 Content 6
3.1 Introduction to Subject Content 6
3.2 How Science Works 7
3.3 Unit 1: Biology 1 BL1 10
3.4 Unit 2: Biology 2 BL2 29
3.5 Unit 3: Biology 3 BL3 45
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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 requirements of each We provide a wide range of support services for
subject by working with teachers.…read more

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
Introduction
1
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 further or not. The specification received; this has enabled us to update and
has three biology teaching and learning units and a refresh subject content
Controlled Assessment unit.…read more

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
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 taken on-line schemes of work
advice from a wide range of teachers and ideas for practical work including worksheets and
organisations with an interest in science education.…read more

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
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 2: Biology 2
+
Written paper ­ 1 hour
60 marks ­ 25%
Structured and closed questions
At least one question assessing Quality of Written
Communication in a science context.…read more

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
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 4).…read more

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GCSE Biology for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.1)
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 necessary to look closely at how measurements have
both written papers and the Controlled Assessment. been made and what links have been established.…read more

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