Muammar Gaddafi has a theory about how he is a fashion god in charge of one of the happiest countries in the world. However, this is not an acceptable use of the word in a science paper.
Following the exam, the Daily Telegraph printed a story about the bizarre question. AQA replied with a swift response :
It seems they paid attention to the criticism because their 2010 Biology paper did not include any mention of Creationism or Intelligent Design. New Humanist magazine contacted AQA to see if these topics would feature in their 2011 paper. Their spokesperson responded by saying:"Merely asking a question about creationism and intelligent design does not imply support for these ideas. Neither idea is included in our specification and AQA does not support the teaching of these ideas as scientific.
In the examination question, information was given to candidates and they were asked to relate evidence to conclusions. The use of the term 'theory' was intended in its common, everyday sense. However, we accept that in the context of a science examination this could be misleading and we will be addressing this issue for any future questions."
"The subject team have confirmed that future exam papers will not contain any questions on creationism or Intelligent Design."