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Biology GCSE

Subject Overview

Life is incredibly varied, yet based on common processes. Biologists – and students studying biology – seek evidence to explain the nature of living things, and to understand where and how life is evolving, how evolution links life processes and ecology, and the impact that humans have on all forms of life.

 By studying Biology students will:

  • acquire knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles
  • develop an appreciation of the significance of biological facts, concepts and principles and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and scientific method and forming hypotheses and design experiments to test them
  • sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, the study of living organisms
  • Evaluate, in terms of their biological knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to social, environmental and economic issues.


Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • Cells and life processes
  • Respiration system
  • Digestive system
  • The nervous system
  • Photosynthesis
  • Exchange in plants
  • Variation and genetics
  • Defending against disease
  • Adaptation and the Environment
  • Human impact on the environment
  • Greenhouse effect
  • evolution


Examination Board

AQA Certificate In Biology 8401 Level 1 and Level 2


Learning beyond the classroom

To support the biology curriculum students can visit a range of museums and science facilities both locally and in central London:

The Natural History Museum; The Science Museum; Kew Gardens; London Zoo; the London Wetland Centre.

Progression Pathways and Careers

Students who study Biology may wish to continue to study A level sciences. There are many careers available from medicine to dentistry to nursing as well as banking, education and healthcare.

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For further details Contact

Beverly Herridge