Subject content

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology
  • 8. Key ideas

Assessments

Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.