Biology Exam Dates

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1. Introduction

Welcome to GCSE Biology. This year we will be studying OCR 21st Century science. This is a modular course of 7 units and a piece of coursework.

2. Your Lecturers

In the box below write the name of your lecturer, the times of your lessons and which rooms they are in. You should also write your lecturers staff room and how to contact them (their office phone number and college e-mail addresses). Lecturer

Times & Rooms

Contact details

3. Structure of the course

There will be 7 modules. These are as follows.

B1 – You and your genes
B2 – Keeping healthy
B3 – Life on earth
B4 – The Processes of Life
B5 – Growth and development
B6 – Brain and mind
B7 – Further biology

Module B7 will expand on much of the other biology you have studied this year. These units will be assessed by 3 exams and 1 piece of coursework. These are as follows.

No| Module code| Module Title| % of GCSE| Exam| Time| 1| A161/2| Modules B1,B2 & B3| 25%| Wed 9th Jan 2013 am| 1 Hour exam| 2| A162/2| Modules B4, B5 & B6| 25%| Wed 5th June 2013 pm| 1 Hour exam| 3| A163/2| Ideas in context & B7| 25%| Tue 18th June 2013 am| 1 Hour exam| 4| | GCSE coursework| 25%| Throughout the year| |

4. Practicals

Biology is a science and so has a practical element. There will be a number of practical experiments carried out during the year.

You will be told in advance of any practical work coming up. If you do not bring your lab coat in, you will not normally be allowed to take part in the practical work that day.

In addition to needing a lab coat there are also a number of laboratory rules that you must follow. These will be printed here with a copy also printed in you practical booklets.

The lab rules are as follows.

1. Lab coats must be worn at all times
2. Protective glasses and gloves must be worn when provided 3. No food or drink to be brought into the laboratories
4. No running in the laboratories
5. All coats and bags must be put out of the way
6. Long hair must be tied back
7. All breakages must be reported to a teacher
8. All spillages must be reported and carefully cleaned up 9. Follow all instructions precisely

5. Commitment

You must be committed to study in order to pass your GCSE Biology. Your time studying biology will be split in 3 ways.

1. Classroom/lab time – This consists of 3 hours per week plus a few extras especially revision near to exam time. This is the main time when you will be given information or develop new skills 2. Homework – You will be given homework to do each week. This will further develop skills and knowledge gained in class 3. Personal Study – This should form a big part of your study for the year. You need to read around the subjects you are studying. You need to make sure that you understand the material that we have covered each lesson and you should read a bit on the subjects that we are going to cover next lesson. At the back of this pack is a list of what will be covered each lesson. You should read this, read about the subject and come prepared.

You will need to come to each lesson on time. If you are between 1 and 10 minutes late you will be given a late slip to fill in. If you collect too many late slips you will be asked to leave the course. If you are over 10 minutes late you will not be allowed into class. This will mean that you miss important information and if this occurs too often you will also be asked to leave the course.

6. Homework

You will be given homework each week. This might be a number of different things, for instance.

Exam questionsPractical write ups
Revision for testsResearch
EssaysCoursework

Homework is not optional. It is a requirement. For each piece of homework you will be given a fair amount of time to complete it and the homework must be completed by the deadline, and is a requirement for you to attend the lesson....
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