Homeostasis Biology Gcse Coursework

This International GCSE qualification prepares students for further study in biological sciences and provides a thorough grounding in the practical skills needed to be a working scientist.

The new addition of Behaviour will engage all of your students and enrich their study of biology – by introducing students to the complex behavioural systems employed by humans and how these compare with other mammals.

Practicals in this specification include investigating how difference in temperature and pH affect the rate of digestion and investigating the effects of exercise on the human body. Exam questions will be asked on the practicals, but there is no coursework or practical exam.

This qualification is now available for teaching in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Units

Paper 1: Any part of the specification may be assessed.

Paper 2: Any part of the specification may be assessed.

Resits

  • Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Syllabus summary

Organisation

  • Cell structure
  • Principles of organisation
  • Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Plant tissues, organs and systems
  • Transport in cells

Bioenergetics

  • Photosynthesis
  • Exchange and transport in plants
  • Circulation
  • Digestion
  • Breathing
  • Respiration

Ecology

  • Energy transferred in ecosystems
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Decay and the carbon cycle
  • The effect of human interaction on ecosystems and biodiversity

Organisms' interaction with the environment

  • The human nervous and hormonal systems
  • Principles of homeostasis
  • Control of water and ion content of the body
  • Temperature control
  • Control of blood glucose
  • Behaviour
  • Infection and response

Inheritance

  • Reproduction
  • Cell division
  • Genetic variation
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic manipulation

Variation and Evolution

  • Variation
  • Natural selection

Download the complete OxfordAQA International GCSE Biology specification (PDF, 928 KB).

Resources available with this specification

OxfordAQA provides the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Biology specification effectively.

Science taster webinar recordings

Watch a recording of our Science taster webinar from November 2017 to understand our approach to the specification and assessment approach.

Science recorded webinar

Switching guides

Quickly orient yourself with the changes between your old International GCSE Biology specification and the new Oxford International AQA Examinations specification.

Subject specific vocabulary

Ensure that everyone is using scientific language correctly with this list of word definitions used in our international GCSE science specifications and exam papers (based on ‘The Language of Measurement’ produced by the Association of Science Education).

Practical Handbook

Get all the help you need to undertake practicals with your class. This guide harmonises the rules and guidance for International GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics and includes teachers’ notes, technical guidance and student sheets.

Key Stage 3 AQA science syllabus

The AQA approach to teaching the NCfE Key Stage 3 programme of study provides excellent preparation for the Oxford AQA International GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Sciences.

Command Words

Help students prepare for their exams by accessing definitions to command words used in exams and other assessed tasks.

International GCSE Plus

Oxford AQA International GCSE Biology is available with International GCSE Plus. This is an optional endorsed component in which students can explore any aspect of Biology through a research-based piece of analytic work. Visit the International GCSE Plus page to learn more and access the accompanying resources.

Marked Exemplars

Prepare your students in exam technique with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme. Marked Exemplars for International GCSE Biology will be available from the first teaching day of the 2018/19 academic year.

Exampro™

Exampro is an online database of AQA past questions mapped to the new international qualifications, enabling teachers to create their own resources and assessments.

Schools will be given an Exampro username and password when they are approved to teach our qualifications. If you have these you can log in now. If your school is approved to teach our qualifications and you do not know your username and password, contact us.

Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

Our free Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool (ERA™) gives you instant analysis of your students' results. You’ll see how students performed in each unit and topic, and the marks they received for each question. This allows you to see which questions proved the most challenging, or how different classes performed, so you know what areas to focus on in following years. ERA™ is available after results are published.

Find out more about ERA™

Download this specification

Download

(PDF, 928 KB)

We offer 3 separate sciences within our 6th form: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In order to study Science at A-Level, students need at least an A in their GCSE sciences.

All three of these sciences follow the OCR exam board (www.ocr.org.uk)

 

Biology

Entry requirements

We require that students wishing to do the AS course achieve an A grade Biology GCSE or Additional Science GCSE.

 

Exam board

OCR


Outline of the course

AS Units

  • Cells, Exchange and Transport (F211)
  • Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health (F212)
  • Practical Skills in Biology 1 (F213)

A2 Units

  • Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (F214)
  • Control, Genomes and Environment (F215)
  • Practical Skills in Biology 2 (F216)

AS GCE Scheme of Assessment

AS GCE Biology A (F211)

AS Unit H021: Cells, Exchange and Transport

  • 30% of the total AS GCE marks
  • 1 h written paper
  • 60 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.

AS Unit F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health

  • 50% of the total AS GCE marks
  • 1h 45 mins written paper
  • 100 marks
  • Candidates to answer all questions

AS Unit F213: Practical Skills in Biology 1

  • 20% of the total AS GCE marks
  • Coursework
  • 40 marks
  • Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked.

 

Advanced GCE Scheme of Assessment

A2 Unit F214: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

  • 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • 1 h 15 min written paper
  • 60 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.
  • This unit is synoptic.

A2 Unit F215 Control, Genomes and Environment

  • 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • 2 h written paper
  • 100 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.
  • This unit is synoptic.

A2 Unit F216: Practical Skills in Biology 2

  • 10% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • Coursework
  • 40 marks
  • Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the centre using a mark scheme written by OCR.

 

Aims of the course

  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology;
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other


Expectations:

  • Nightly revision (summarising notes and doing questions)
  • Independent research
  • Homework
  • Pro-active attitude to study (if you don’t know something, ask a question or do some research)


Valuable websites

http://www.cneccc.edu.hk/subjects/bio/biopowerpoint.htm

http://www.biology-innovation.co.uk/

http://www.district279.org/sec/pcsh/rhollbio/rhollbio.htm#1.3

 

Chemistry

You’ll study everything from basic chemical principles to organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and instrumental techniques for analysis. Chemistry is the study of the elements and their compounds and brings together elements of Physics and Biology.

 

How long is the course?

1 - 2 years.

 

What will I be studying?

AS Level (first year of course)

F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups

  • 1 hour written exam
  • AS Level - 30%
  • A-Level - 15%

In this unit you will learn about Atoms, Molecules and Stoichiometry. Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Structure and the Periodic Table (including group 2 and Group 7).

F322: Chains, Energy and Resources

  • 1 hour 45 mins written exam
  • AS-Level - 50%
  • A-Level - 25%

In this unit you will learn about the basic concepts of Organic Chemistry, These will include Alkanes, Alkenes, Fuels, Alcohols and Halogenalkanes. The basic concepts of Physical Chemistry will also be covered these will include Enthalpy changes, Reaction Rates and Chemical Equilibrium.

F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1

  • Interal Assessment
  • AS-Level - 20%
  • A-Level - 10%

 

A2 Level (second year of course)

F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis

  • 1 hour written exam
  • A-Level - 15%

In this unit you will learn more about Organic Chemistry and investigate some of the ways that substances are analysed.

F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements

  • Rates, Equilibrium and pH
  • Energy
  • Transition Elements
  • 1 hour 45 min written exam
  • A-Level - 25%

In this unit you will learn more about Physical Chemistry, like Equilibrium, Kinetics and Acid/Base Chemistry.

F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

  • Internal assessment
  • A-Level - 10%

Entry Requirements

5 A* to C passes at GCSE which should include at least grade A’s in Double Science (or Chemistry) and a B in Mathematics.

 

Physics

Entry Requirements

Due to the vast difference between GCSE and AS-Level Physics, we require that students wishing to do the AS course achieve an A grade in both Physics (triple science) and Maths at GCSE. Students who have completed Core and Additional science given an opportunity to take the course on for a 'trial period' of 3 weeks until the first round of tests.

Exam Board

OCR

  • Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics A (H158)
  • Advanced GCE in Physics A (H558)
  • Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/ocr_9587_kd_gce_spec.pdf
  • Outline of the Course

AS Units

  • Mechanics (G481)
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons (G482)
  • Practical Skills in Physics 1 (G483)

A2 Units

  • The Newtonian World (G484)
  • Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics (G485)
  • Practical Skills in Physics 2 (G486)

AS GCE Scheme of Assessment

AS GCE Physics A (H158)

AS Unit G481: Mechanics

  • 30% of the total AS GCE marks
  • 1 h written paper
  • 60 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions

AS Unit G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • 50% of the total AS GCE marks1 h 45 min written paper
  • 100 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.

AS Unit G483: Practical Skills in Physics 1

  • 20% of the total AS GCE marks
  • Coursework
  • 40 marks
  • Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR.Tasks are marked

Advanced GCE Scheme of Assessment

A2 Unit G484: The Newtonian World

  • 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • 1 h 15 min written paper
  • 60 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.
  • This unit is synoptic.

A2 Unit G485 Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

  • 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • 2 h written paper
  • 100 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions.
  • This unit is synoptic.

A2 Unit G486: Practical Skills in Physics 2

  • 10% of the total Advanced GCE marks
  • Coursework
  • 40 marks
  • Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the centre using a mark scheme written by OCR.


Aims of the course

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers in physics
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how they relate to each other.


Expectations

  • Nightly revision (summarising notes and doing questions)
  • Independent research
  • Homework
  • Pro-active attitude to study (if you don’t know something, ask a question or do some research)


Valuable websites

OCR - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gce/science/physics_a//a>

Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/#physics-1

AS / A2 Physics - http://www.asa2physics.co.uk/

0 Replies to “Homeostasis Biology Gcse Coursework”

Lascia un Commento

L'indirizzo email non verrà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *