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Science is taught in the three specialist disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the Senior School although it is known as ‘Science’ within Years 7-9 and at GCSE. This reflects the language used by Examination Boards. At A level, the language of ‘Science’ is replaced by the individual disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within this context you will find detailed on this page the delivery of Biology from Year 7 to the Sixth Form.


Lower and Middle School Biology

Year 7 Topics:

  • Cells and tissues.
  • Human reproduction.
  • Plant reproduction.
  • Food and digestion.
  • Environment and adaptations.
  • Variation and classification.

 

Year 8 Topics:

  • Lungs and gas exchange.
  • Respiration.
  • Inheritance and evolution.
  • Drugs and health.
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Muscles and bones.

 

Year 9 Topics:

  • Cells.
  • Crossing cell membranes.
  • Enzymes.
  • Digestion.
  • Circulation.
  • Metabolic illnesses.
  • Transport in plants.

GCSE Biology

Pupils entering Year 10 will continue to study a balanced Science course which can lead to a number of different Science GCSEs by the end of Year 11.  These are GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.  We always ensure that the most appropriate course is matched to the pupil.  All pupils have to study all three Science disciplines for GCSE.  Rishworth School teaches the AQA Science course as three separate Sciences but emphasis is placed on the linking of ideas between the three Science disciplines.  Pupils are taught by specialist Science teachers across the three subjects, with nine hours of Science teaching over a two-week period.  This allows three hours to be dedicated to each Science over two weeks.

 

Course Content:

Summary of content for the courses:

 

Biology

  • Cell Biology.
  • Organisation.
  • Infection and response.
  • Bioenergetics.
  • Homeostasis and response.
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution.
  • Ecology.

 

Examination Board

AQA Biology

 

Mode of Assessment

8 practicals that teachers must deliver during lessons.

 

Paper 1

  • Questions on topics 1-4
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (100 marks)

 

Paper 2

  • Questions on topics 5-7
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (100 marks

 

Questions: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open-response, and questions about the required practicals.

 

All examinations take place in June of Year 11.  These courses offer flexibility in teaching and assessment, while remaining a challenging and purposeful course for all pupils.  Both Combined Science and the three separate Sciences form a sound foundation for studying Sciences at A Level.


A-Level Biology

Biology is the study of living things.  However, it also involves the study of how the environment affects living things and vice versa as well as the application of biological concepts to the world around us.  The subject requires inquisitiveness about life and, preferably, a grade B or grade 6 in GCSE Science.

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

Course content

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

 

Practical work

There are twelve practical activities that are part of the specification and must be done by all students.  The students will be assessed to achieve an overall pass or fail in this component.

 

Written assessment

Assessment is by examination and all papers must be taken at the end of the two year course.

 

Paper 1

What’s assessed

  • Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

 

Mode of assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 91 marks
  • 35% of A-level

 

Questions

  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions

 

Paper 2

What’s assessed

  • Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

 

Mode of assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 91 marks
  • 35% of A-level

 

Questions

  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: comprehension question

 

Paper 3

What’s assessed

  • Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

 

Mode of assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of A-level

 

Questions

  • 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

 

N.B. In Year 13 the class attends a Field Course at the Cranedale Field Studies Centre near Malton.

 

AS BIOLOGY

 

The AS qualification still exists and could be taken at the end of Year 12.  However the results obtained make no contribution to the final A-level grade, therefore this option is not usually offered.

 

Course content

  • Biological molecules.
  • Cells.
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

 

Mode of assessment

 

Paper 1 assessment:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 50% of AS

 

Questions

  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: comprehension question

 

Paper 2 assessment:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 50% of AS

 

Questions

  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: extended response questions

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