Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates:

1. End of unit internal assessments
2. A Pre- Public Examination (December 2019)
3. Two final GCSE papers 1hr 45minutes each (May and June 2020)

Key Resources:

• Classroom Textbook [provided] : Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book Series Editor: Mark Levesley • Pearsons Publishers Limited • Paperback ISBN 9781292120201
• Revision Book : New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology: Edexcel Revision Guide with Online Edition • Paperback •ISBN 978 1 78294 571 0 : multiple choice revsion tool availiable online or via an app.

Areas of study:
The key ideas specific to the Biology content include:

• life processes depend on molecules whose structure is related to their function
• the fundamental units of living organisms are cells, which may be part of highly adapted structures including tissues, organs and organ systems, enabling living processes to be performed effectively
• living organisms are interdependent and show adaptations to their environment
• life on Earth is dependent on photosynthesis in which green plants and algae trap light from the Sun to fix carbon dioxide and combine it with hydrogen from water to make organic compounds and oxygen
• the characteristics of a living organism are influenced by its genome and its interaction with the environment
• evolution occurs by a process of natural selection and accounts both for biodiversity and how organisms are all related to varying degrees.

Working scientifically

The GCSE in Biology requires students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of working scientifically.
Working scientifically will be assessed through examination and the completion of the eight core practicals.

Assessment components:

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Biology consists of two externally examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier.

Students must complete all assessments in the same tier.

Content covered in Year 10
Paper 1 (*Paper code: 1BI0/1F, 1BI0/1H) - Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification - 100 marks

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Content covered in Year 11
Paper 2 (Paper code: 1BI0/2F, 1BI0/2H) - Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification - 100 marks

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology, Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Useful websites - Youtube channel playlist for Biology lessons