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At WHGS you will cover the Biology AQA Key Stage 5 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

  1. Biological molecules 
  2. Cells 
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression


How will I be Assessed?

You will be provided with feedback on your progress during your lessons and from various assessed tasks throughout the year. You will complete a formal homework and test at the end of each topic. Your teacher will give you time in lessons to reflect on your progress and make improvements to your work.

What exams will I take? 

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. You will sit three papers of 2 hours each:

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
What is Assessed
Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills
Assessed
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 91 marks
  • 35% of A-level
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 91 marks
  • 35% of A-level
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of A-level
Questions
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: comprehension question
  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques
  • 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data
  • 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Practical Skills

Practical work is at the heart of biology, so it is at the heart of this specification.

Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments.

A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by your teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

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