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Biology GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Science - Science and Mathematics

Course content

What does the course involve?

The course is comprised of four units, three of which are externally assessed and one which is internally assessed.

The first unit covers the nervous and endocrine systems; keeping healthy; drugs; infectious diseases and protection against them; habitats and adaptations; variation; cloning and genetic engineering; human impact on the environment.

The second unit covers cells and their adaptation to function; transport across boundaries; photosynthesis; food chains, energy and biomass; cycles in nature; enzymes and their uses in industry; respiration; homeostasis; cell division; inheritance and the role of Mendel.

The third unit covers transport in and out of animals and plants; respiratory system; transpiration; heart and circulation; effect of exercise; the kidney and kidney disease; microbiology and its use in making food and drink; fermentation and the production of antibiotics; growing microbes.

The fourth unit is a centre assessed unit which will be set externally but assessed internally.

During the course you will be helped to handle scientific data and to apply your knowledge to new situations.



The Centre Assessed units counts for 25% of the final mark and includes an externally set, internally assessed test which takes 45 minutes as well as practical skills assessment and holistic skills. There are three written examinations each worth 25% of the mark taking 45 minutes each.

Future opportunities

Why choose Biology?

Biology is a valuable qualification for a range of careers, particularly those that require Advanced Level Biology. It will help you to understand how your body works, how to keep yourself healthy, why plants really are important, why we must take care of our planet and why you look similar to your parents. In addition to this you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works as well as developing a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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