GCSE Biology (8461)
Specification code: 8461
QAN code: 601/8752/9

Specification at a glance

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.

Specification

References:
https://www.aqa.org.uk

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