Minimum Level of Achievement required:
- General Science B result
- English C result
Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. In Unit 1, students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms. In Unit 2, they engage with the concept of maintaining the internal environment. In Unit 3, students study biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. This knowledge is linked in Unit 4 with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life.
Students will learn valuable skills required for the scientific investigation of questions. In addition, they will become citizens who are better informed about the world around them and who have the critical skills to evaluate and make evidence-based decisions about current scientific issues.
Weekly workload in hours
|Cells and multicellular organisms||Maintaining the internal environment||Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life||Heredity and continuity of life |
|Cells as the basis of life ||Homeostasis||Describing biodiversity ||DNA, genes and the continuity of life|
Continuity of life on Earth
Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context. In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).
Formative internal assessment 1 (FA1): Data test
|10%||Formative internal assessment 3 (FA3): Research investigation||20%|
Formative internal assessment 2 (FA2):
Formative internal assessment (FA3): 50%
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): Data test
|10%||Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): Research investigation||20%|
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%