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Useful Downloads

(PDF), Last Updated: 19 September 2012
For first teaching from September 2011. NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

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Specimen Assessment Materials(PDF)

We are pleased to announce that our GCSE Biology specification has been accredited by the Regulatory Authorities.

Please see the 'Useful Downloads' section for the Pre Publication Accredited Specification (for first teaching from September 2011). Also attached are specimen assessment materials.

This GCSE in Biology is available at two tiers of entry: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

We have divided the course into three units:



Unit 1: Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity

  • Cells
  • Photosynthesis and Plants
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Enzymes and Digestion
  • Breathing and Respiratory System
  • Nervous System and Hormones
  • Ecological Relationships and Energy Flow

Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

  • Osmosis and Plant Transport
  • Chromosomes, Genes and DNA
  • Cell Division and Genetics
  • Reproduction, Fertility and Contraception
  • Applied Genetics
  • Variation and Selection
  • Circulatory system
  • Microorganisms, Defence against Disease, Medicines and Drugs

Unit 3: Practical Skills

  • Planning and Risk Assessment
  • Data Collection
  • Processing, Analysis and Evaluation


Students of the Higher Tier study Unit 1 and Unit 2 in more detail and cover more content.

For more information, see the specification.