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GCSE Biology

The table below summarises the structure of this GCSE course:

  Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 1:Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations. Foundation Tier: 1 hour 15 mins. Higher Tier: 1 hour 30 mins. 35% Every Summer
(beginning in 2012)
Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Micro-organisms and Health An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations. Foundation Tier: 1 hour 30 min. Higher Tier: 1 hour 45 mins. 40% Every Summer (beginning in 2013)
Unit 3:PracticalSkills Controlled assessment. Students complete one controlled assessment task from a choice of two. Teachers mark the task and we moderate the results. 25% From September (beginning in 2011) (submitted every May beginning 2013)
 

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