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Compulsory subject

Triple Science: Biology

Level: GCSE Examination board: AQA Specification: 8461

GCSE course outline

GCSE Biology is a broad course which provides students with the core skills required to progress to further studies in Biology.

During the course students will study 8 components:

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

Skills required

Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding; methods of biology; observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills; ability to evaluate claims through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Assessment method

Practical skills:

Students complete a set of specific practical investigations throughout the course that demonstrate an understanding of laboratory safety and techniques which will be examined via 15% of the written exam questions addressing their practical knowledge and understanding.


Two examinations are sat at the end of Year 11. Each examination is 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. Students can sit Foundation or Higher Tier for both examinations.

Paper 1: Chapter 1-4, 1hr 45mins, 100 marks, 50% GCSE

Paper 2: Chapter 5-7, 1hr 45mins, 100 marks, 50% GCSE

Both papers include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

Post 16 opportunities and careers

This GCSE links well to the science courses offered in the Sixth Form at LVS Ascot.

Wide range of degrees and careers within the areas of Biological Science; Medicine; Pharmacology; Dentistry; Environmental Science; Natural Sciences; Biochemistry; Ocean Science; Zoology.

Biology is a really interesting, practical subject. It's hard but also worth it! Matthew

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Louise Chappell

Email: Louise.Chappell@lvs.ascot.sch.uk