GCSE Biology

GCSE Biology

Biology is a wide-ranging course involving the study of all living things and their environments.

Entry Requirements
A good level of English is needed for this subject because it has a large and specialised vocabulary.

Alternative study: GCSE Physics or A-level Biology

Course Content

We study AQA Biology 8461
Study topics include: cell biology, organ systems, disease, homeostasis, genetics, evolution and ecology.

Students are taught in various ways through lectures, seminars, independent research, film and field work. Practical experiments are carried out wherever appropriate in addition to the 10 ‘required practicals’ that are part of the assessment process.

Assessment

Foundation or Higher Level
  • This is a linear course which means all the written assessment is at the end.
  • There will be two papers lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • These contain multi-choice, structured, short and long answer questions.
  • Students will sit either the Foundation or Higher tier paper, according to their ability.

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