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Biology GCSE exam pupils baffled by 'business studies question'

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Pupils took to social media on Tuesday expressing their confusion after what appeared to be a business studies question featured in a biology exam paper.

A question in the AQA Biology exam reportedly asked pupils to define an "independent company", with streams of children later complaining about the 'unfair' question on Twitter.

Within hours of pupils completing the exam, more than 100,000 tweets about it were sent, but the exam board insists there was no mistake in the question's inclusion.

Jack Green, 16, a pupil at South Hunsley School in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, said pupils were "worried" about their grades as they thought the exam was markedly different to the syllabus they had been taught in class.

As well as the 'independent company' question, Jack said there was also a question about 15-year-olds' favourite alcoholic drink.

It was like 'what is a teenage boy's favourite drink?' I don't have a clue what that had to do with biology.

They were making out like it was a mistake, the guy on the phone said that something went wrong.

It's stuff that we've never been taught and that's not the teachers' fault, it's the exam board's fault because they didn't tell the teachers to teach us it.

– Jack Green

An AQA spokeswoman said that the 'independent company' question was one of several on the subject of drug trials, and that the underage drinking question was in a section on alcohol abuse.

The exam board said that both questions were included on the syllabus.

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.

– AQA spokeswoman