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This course leads to a GCSE Science single award in Biology
· How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment? · What can we do to keep our bodies healthy? · How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs? · What causes infectious diseases and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
· What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are? · Why are individuals of the same species different from each other? What new methods do we have for producing plants and animals with the characteristics we prefer? · Why have some species of plants and animals died out? How do new species of plants and animals develop? · How do humans affect the environment?
· What are animals and plants built from? · How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells? · How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow? · What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain? · What happens to the waste material produced by plants and animals? · What are enzymes and what are some of their functions? · How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant? · Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance?
· How do dissolved substances get into and out of plants and animals? · How are dissolved materials transported around the body? · How does exercise affect the exchanges taking place within the body? · How do exchanges in the kidney help us to maintain the internal environment in mammals and how has biology helped us to treat kidney disease? · How are microorganisms used to make food and drink? · What other useful substances can we make using microorganisms? · How can we be sure we are using microorganisms safely?
There are two tiers of assessment: Foundation (GC) and Higher (DA*). The centre-assessed unit is not tiered.
Biology 1 Written paper. 25%, 45 minutes, 45 marks or
Biology 1a Matching/multiple choice questions. Objective test, 12.5%, 30 minutes, 36 marks
Biology 1b Matching/multiple choice questions. Objective test, 12.5%, 30 minutes, 36 marks
Biology 2 Written paper. 25%, 45 minutes, 45 marks
Biology 3 Written paper. 25%, 45 minutes, 45 marks
Biology Centre-Assessed Unit (B1, B2 or B3) based on normal class practical work. 25%, 40 marks, consisting of:
· Investigative Skills Assignment (an externally set, internally assessed test taking 45 minutes) plus · Practical Skills Assessment (a holistic skills assessment)
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