Biology (4401)

This is our outgoing specification (last exams 2017).
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GCSE Biology (8461)

GCSE Biology 4401 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.

The specification integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout the units and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'Keeping healthy' to 'Humans and their environment'.

The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.

Teachers are encouraged to develop students' practical skills with hands-on work which helps engage and enthuse them. Students can see how science is used to solve problems ranging from infectious diseases to creating biofuels.

It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Science or not. It can open the doors to future careers in Medicine and the Life Sciences.

It can contribute towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if students enter  any three of the four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics  and Computer Science – and achieve grades A* to C in at least two of them.

Biology forms part of AQA's flexible suite of GCSE Science exams which offer teachers a variety of possibilities and combinations to help students achieve to the best of their abilities.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Biology
Specification code 4401
Certification code 4401
QAN codes 60008866

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