Anger over GCSE biology exam that had 'no biology' in it

Anger over GCSE biology exam that had 'no biology' in it
Published: 2016 May 18 18:07:53 (5536 Views)
Pupils who took a GCSE Biology exam in the UK complained the paper had 'no biology' in it and little that they revised for.

One of the questions set by AQA exam board was about underage drinking and another was about an independent company, part of several questions on the subject of drug trials.

But outraged students posted on Twitter that they had spent hours memorising things like white blood cells and the menstrual cycle, only to find that wasn't necessary.

The hashtag #aqabiology began trending on Twitter as thousands of pupils left the exam hall then complained online.

Some pupils even started a petition for the exam company to apologise, claiming a question about the favourite alcoholic drinks of 15-year-olds, which came under Alcohol Abuse on the Syllabus, promoted underage drinking.



'In the Biology Unit 1 GCSE exam, on May 17th, AQA presented a question featuring some data from 200 young people, regarding alcoholic drinks,' petitioner Lora Armstrong, a student from Newcastle, wrote.

'Encouraging underage drinking is unacceptable,' the petition reads. 'In the UK, the laws on drinking are very clear, and taken incredibly seriously. I, personally, was offended by the question, asking to compare the favourite type of alcoholic beverage, of two genders.

Pete Langley, ex-teacher and founder of the Get Revising section of The Student Room website said: 'It sounds like students have had a really tough exam and are feeling disappointed after all the hard work they've put into preparing for it.

'We would advise students not to panic and to look ahead to their other upcoming exams. They're not alone in feeling this way, we are seeing a record number of posts about the AQA GCSE Biology exam on The Student Room which can provide some reassurance post-exam.'

An AQA spokeswoman said: 'Exams aren't meant to be easy and students are obviously going to tweet about that, but there was nothing wrong with this paper. We wish everyone the best of luck with the rest of their exams.'



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