AQA Biology Revision

What are the marks for and how do I get them?

 Don't waste time writing stuff your not going to get marks for so here is the official mark scheme and at the bottom I made some of my own notes/ideas.

General principles for marking essay questions
Four skill areas will be marked:
Scientific content (S)
Breadth of knowledge (B)
Relevance (R)
Quality of written communication (Q)

These skill areas are marked independently of each other. Providing that there is sufficient
evidence, and the subject content is relevant to the question answered, it is possible for
candidates to obtain maximum credit for skill areas B, R and Q, even if they gain little credit for
Scientific content.
The following descriptors will form the basis for marking.(The important one)

 

 Marks Description

16

 Material accurate and of a high standard throughout, reflecting a sound
understanding of the principles involved and a knowledge of factual detail
fully in keeping with a programme of A-level study. In addition, there are
some significant references to material which indicates greater depth or
breadth of study.
 14 
 12 Most of the material is of a high standard reflecting a sound understanding of
the principles involved and a knowledge of factual detail generally in keeping
with a programme of A-level study. Material accurate and free from
fundamental errors, but there may be minor errors which detract from the
overall accuracy.
 10 
 8 A significant amount of the content is of appropriate depth. Shows a sound
understanding of most of the principles involved and a knowledge of factual
detail generally in keeping with a programme of A-level study. Most of the
content is accurate with few fundamental errors.
 6 
 4 Material presented is largely superficial with only occasional content of
appropriate depth. Shows some understanding of some of the basic
principles involved. If a greater depth of knowledge is demonstrated, then
there are many fundamental errors.
 2 
 0

 Such material as is relevant is both superficial and inaccurate, rarely
demonstrating evidence of knowledge in keeping with a programme of Alevel
study.

Breadth (3 Marks)

 Marks Descriptor
 3 A balance account making reference to most areas that might
realistically be covered in an A-level course of study.
 2 A number of areas covered but a lack of balance. Some topics essential
to an understanding at this level not covered.
 1 Unbalanced account with all or almost all material based on a single
aspect.
 0 Material entirely irrelevant.

Relevance (Maximum 3 marks)

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 3 All material presented is clearly relevant to the title. Allowance should be
made for judicious use of introductory material.
 2 Material generally selected in support of title but some of the main
content of the essay is only of marginal relevance.
 1 Some attempt made to relate material to the title but considerable
amounts are largely irrelevant.
 0 Material entirely irrelevant or too limited in quantity to judge.

Quality of written communication (maximum 3 marks)

 3 Material is presented in clear, scientific English. Technical terminology
has been used effectively and accurately throughout.
 2 Account is logical and generally presented in clear, scientific English.
Technical terminology has generally been used effectively and is usually
accurate.
 1 The essay is poorly constructed. Often fails to use an appropriate
scientific style and terminology to express ideas.
 0 Material entirely irrelevant or too limited in quantity to judge.

What does this mean?

Quality of written communication : SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar)  and throw in technical terms just stuff like enzymes and tertiary structure. You have a glossary in the back of the aqa book, USE IT! 3 easy marks

 Relevance : Make sure tha everything you write is about the title, not even specific wordsd of the title. THE WHOLE title. If it is not relevant don't put it in , keep referring back to the title whilst writing.

Breadth : This is about balance, you need to cover more than one unit that you have studied, still relevant but most of the titles are pretty open.

 Scientific content: You need to know your stuff, what you are talking about. This should come readily enough as you generally revise the topic, although the question can be about anything from any unit so might be worth a quick read of the other units. Then again there are two questions, it could be sa