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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Biology GCSE

Biology (CCEA)

All three separate subjects taken together at Key Stage 4 represent a balanced science course, and this is the best foundation for the further study of these subjects at Advanced Level.

Biology

Pupils sit the following three units over the course of 2 years:

 

Module

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

AVAILABILITY

Unit 1:

Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity

External written examination

Students answer compulsory structured questions that require short responses, extended writing and calculations.

Foundation Tier: 1 hour 15 mins

Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 mins

35%

Summer of Year 11

Unit 2:

Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

External written examination

Students answer compulsory structured questions that require short responses, extended writing and calculations.

Foundation Tier: 1 hour 30 mins

Higher Tier: 1 hour 30 mins

40%

Summer of Year 12

Unit 3:

Practical skills

Booklet A

Externally Marked

Students carry out two pre-release practical assessments in the final year of study.

2 hours for Foundation and Higher Tier.

 

Booklet B

External written examination

Students answer compulsory structured questions that include short responses, extended writing and calculations, all set in a practical context.

There are two tiers of entry:

Foundation Tier: 1 hour

Higher Tier: 1 hour

7.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.5%

Between 1st January and 1st May in Year 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer of Year 12

 

If pupils think they may wish to continue into 'A' level Biology, they are strongly recomended to study GCSE Chemistry along with GCSE Biology.

 

Scheme of Assessment

Year 11 examination 35%

Year 12 examination 40%

Practical Assessment 25%

 

Some useful weblinks:

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/

http://www.ccea.org.uk/biology/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zyqmv4j  Useful notes and animations specific to ccea Biology

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment/