AQA Biology (8461)

Biology GCSE tuitionAQA Biology (8461)

Key features:

  • Written exam only – no practical exam or controlled assessment.
  • Two written exam papers, 1 hour 45  minutes each, taken at the end of the course – no modules.
  • Foundation and Higher tiers.
  • Each paper has a variety of question types including multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
  • First exam is summer 2018.
  • Instead of a practical exam, there are ten required practicals in school. Some exam questions will be about these practicals.
  • Paper 1 covers the topics  1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
  • Paper 2 covers the topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
  • You can take this exam privately, but you’ll be at a disadvantage as some questions will refer to the required practicals, and you may have problems finding a centre that will accept you without having arranged to do the practicals.

Exam papers, marking schemes and examiners’ reports:

Clicking on the links will download the document.

HT = Higher Tier; FT = Foundation Tier; P = paper; MS = marking scheme; EC = examiners’ report

Specimen papers: HT: P1 MSP2 MS; FT: P1 MS; P2MS

There are no past papers as the first exam will not be until summer 2018. 

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