Biology GCSE

GCSE Biology gives students a comprehensive understanding of the study of living organisms. It is an ideal preparation for A-Level Biology or a Level 3 Science course. It is often studied in combination with GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

 

Course Content

This is the linear 9-1 GCSE qualification. A linear qualification means that students must sit all their exams at the end of the course in June. The qualification can be taken at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. The lessons will involve a mixture of classroom based lectures and practical lessons in our specialist science laboratories.

Students will study the following topics

  • Cell Biology

  • Organisation

  • Infection and response

  • Bioenergetics

  • Homeostasis and response

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution

  • Ecology

  • Key ideas

    The course is assessed by two written exams, each worth 50% of the final marks. The exam questions will be a mixture of multiple choice: structured; closed short answer and open response questions.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade D / 3 to include GCSE Science.

Duration and Delivery

1 year, four hours a week, this GCSE can only be studied as part of the Full Time GCSE course.

Progression

A-Level Biology or a Level 3 vocational qualification in science.

Additional Information

Exam Board: AQA Specification: GCSE Biology AQA 8461

Key handouts and materials are provided however you might wish to purchase a text book or a lab coat to support your studies.

Campus

Kingston Hall Road

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