GCSE Biology is part of our science suite, developed with teachers to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.
The core content follows a coherent and logical story through biology. The clear, two-column format lists what students need to know and be able to do, alongside opportunities for skills development within that area of content. Further sections outline the requirements for skills in working scientifically, maths and practical assessment.
The required practical activities are linked to core content where they appropriately fit within the teaching to help develop understanding through hands-on experience. Seven of the ten required practicals are common with the Combined Science specifications, which helps with co-teaching.
|1. Cell biology||Cell structure||Cell division||Transport in cells|
|2. Organisation||Principles of organisation||Animal tissues, organs and organ systems||Plant tissues, organs and systems|
|3. Infection and response||Communicable diseases||Monoclonal antibodies||Plant disease|
|5. Homeostasis and response||Homeostasis||The human nervous system||Hormonal coordination in humans||Plant hormones|
|6. Inheritance, variation and evolution||Reproduction||Variation and evolution||The development of understanding of genetics and evolution||Classification of living organisms|
|7. Ecology||Adaptations, interdependence and competition||Organisation of an ecosystem||Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems||Trophic levels in an ecosystem|
|8. Key ideas||Food production||Complex ities of tissues, organs and organ systems, e||interdependent and adaptations to the environment||• the chemicals in ecosystems a|