GCSE Biology

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8461
  • QAN code: 601/8752/9

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 ten 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.

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Key dates

  • 12 May 2020 Exam for GCSE Biology Paper 1 (both tiers) (8461/1F and 1H)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 1 June 2020 Exam for GCSE Biology Paper 2 (both tiers) (8461/2F and 2H)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m

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