This is our current GCSE Biology specification.
Find out more about our new science GCSEs (exams from 2018).
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.
Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.
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