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Biology Assessment 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GCSE Biology

Biology 1

Written paper
45 minutes

25%
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

GCSE Biology

Written paper
45 minutes

25%
45 marks

Biology 3

Written paper
45 minutes

25%
45 marks

Biology Centre Assessed Unit (B1, B2, or B3)

Based on normal class practical work

25%
40 marks

 

Investigative Skills Assignment
(an externally set, internally assessed test taking 45 minutes)
+ Practical Skills Assessment
(a holistic skills assessment)

 

Assessment Objectives

6.1 The scheme of assessment will require candidates to demonstrate the

abilities detailed under assessment objectives below in the context of

the subject content in Sections 10–13.

 

 

6.2 Assessment Objective 1 (AO1) Knowledge and understanding of science and how science works

Candidates should be able to:

a) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific facts, concepts, techniques and terminology in the specification

b) show understanding of how scientific evidence is collected and its relationship with scientific explanations and theories

c) show understanding of how scientific knowledge and ideas change

over time and how these changes are validated.

 

 

6.3 Assessment Objective 2 (AO2) Application of skills, knowledge and understanding

Candidates should be able to:

a) apply concepts, develop arguments or draw conclusions related to

familiar and unfamiliar situations

b) plan a scientific task, such as a practical procedure, testing an idea, answering a question, or solving a problem

c) show understanding of how decisions about science and technology are made in different situations, including contemporary situations and those raising ethical issues

d) evaluate the impact of scientific developments or processes on individuals, communities or the environment.

 

 

6.4 Assessment Objective 3 (AO3) Practical, enquiry and data handling skills

Candidates should be able to:

a) carry out practical tasks safely and skilfully

b) evaluate the methods they use when collecting first-hand and secondary data

c) analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data from different sources

d) consider the validity and reliability of data in presenting and justifying conclusions.

 

 

 

7 Scheme of Assessment

7.1 Assessment Units The Scheme of Assessment comprises four or five units: Biology 1 or (Biology 1a and Biology 1b), Biology 2, Biology 3 and the Biology centre-assessed unit. The

objective tests are available as paper-based and from November 2007 as on-screen tests in

centres.

 

 

 

Biology 1 Written Paper 45 minutes

25% of the marks 45 marks

The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions. The questions assess the

subject content in Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 11 (at least 36 marks). The paper is available at Foundation and Higher Tier. All questions are compulsory.

 

 

Either Biology 1 or (Biology 1a and Biology 1b) should be taken.

Biology 1a Objective Test 30 minutes

12.5% of the marks 36 marks

The unit comprises an objective test with matching and multiple choice questions. The questions assess the content in Sections 10 (at least 7 marks) and 11a (up to 29 marks). The test is

available at Foundation and Higher Tier.  All questions are compulsory.

 

 

Biology 1b Objective Test 30 minutes
12.5% of the marks 36 marks
The unit comprises an objective test with matching and multiple choice questions. The questions assess the content in Sections 10 (at least 7 marks) and 11b (up to 29 marks). The test is
available at Foundation and Higher Tier. All questions are compulsory.

 

Biology 2 Written Paper 45 minutes
25% of the marks 45 marks
The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions. The questions assess the
subject content in Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 12 (at least 36 marks). The paper is available at Foundation and Higher Tier. All questions are compulsory.

 

Biology 3 Written Paper 45 minutes
25% of the marks 45 marks
The unit comprises a written paper with short answer questions The questions assess the subject content in Sections 10 (up to 9 marks) and 13 (at least 36 marks). The paper is available at
Foundation and Higher Tier. All questions are compulsory.

 

Biology Centre-Assessed Unit
25% of the marks 40 marks
The unit comprises an Investigative Skills Assignment, which is normal class practical work
followed by an externally set, internally assessed test taking 45 minutes, and a Practical Skills Assessment which is a holistic practical skills assessment. The unit assesses parts of the content in Section 10 (these are detailed in Section 17).

 

7.2 Weighting of Assessment Objectives
The approximate relationship between the relative percentage weighting of the Assessment
Objectives (AOs) and the overall Scheme of Assessment is shown in the following table:

 

 

Assessment Objectives

Unit Weightings (%)

Overall Weighting of AOs (%)

Biology 1

Biology 2

Biology 3

Biology Centre Assessed Unit

AO1
AO2
AO3

12
13
-

12
13
-

12
13
-

-
5
20

36
44
20

Overall Weighting (%)

25

25

25

25

100

 

Candidates’ marks for each assessment unit are scaled to achieve the correct weightings.

 

8 Subject Content Summary of Subject Content
8.1 How Science Works

 

10.1 The thinking behind the doing
10.2 Fundamental ideas
10.3 Observation as a stimulus to investigation
10.4 Designing an investigation
10.5 Making measurements
10.6 Presenting data
10.7 Using data to draw conclusions
10.8 Societal aspects of scientific evidence
10.9 Limitations of scientific evidence

 

8.2 Biology 1
Biology 1a

 

11.1 How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment?
11.2 What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?
11.3 How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs?
11.4 What causes infectious diseases and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
Biology 1b 11.5 What determines where particular species live and how many
of them there are?
11.6 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?
11.7 Why have some species of plants and animals died out? How do new species of plants and animals develop?
11.8 How do humans affect the environment?

 

8.3 Biology 2
12.1 What are animals and plants built from?
12.2 How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells?
12.3 How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow?
12.4 What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain?
12.5 What happens to the waste material produced by plants and animals?
12.6 What are enzymes and what are some of their functions?
12.7 How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant?
12.8 Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance?
8.4 Biology 3. 13.1 How do dissolved substances get into and out of plants and animals?

 


13.2 How are dissolved materials transported around the body?
13.3 How does exercise affect the exchanges taking place within the body?
13.4 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?
13.5 How are microorganisms used to make food and drink?
13.6 What other useful substances can we make using microorganisms?
13.7 How can we be sure we are using microorganisms safely?