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 biologyCell structureCell divisionTransport in cells
2. OrganisationPrinciples of organisationAnimal tissues, organs and organ systemsPlant tissues, organs and systems
3. Infection and response Communicable diseasesMonoclonal antibodiesPlant disease
4. BioenergeticsPhotosynthesisRespiration
5. Homeostasis and responseHomeostasisThe human nervous systemHormonal coordination in humansPlant hormones
6. Inheritance, variation and evolutionReproductionVariation and evolutionThe development of understanding of genetics and evolutionClassification of living organisms
7. EcologyAdaptations, interdependence and competitionOrganisation of an ecosystemBiodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystemsTrophic levels in an ecosystem
8. Key ideasFood productionComplex ities of tissues, organs and organ systems, einterdependent and adaptations to the environment• the chemicals in ecosystems a