Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE in Biology

This GCSE Biology specification is available for first teaching from September 2011. We will make the first full awards in 2013.

We are now offering this specification as a unitised course. This increases flexibility and choice for teachers and students.

Biology is the study of living things, their structure, behaviour and function, and how they grow and reproduce. It also looks at how living things are distributed and how they interact with each other, and the natural environment.

This specification involves a new approach to biology at GCSE. It encourages students to develop their curiosity about the living world and provides insight into and experience of how science works. It also inspires, motivates and challenges students, enabling them to engage with biology in their everyday lives. They learn about cells, living processes, biodiversity, body systems, genetics, microorganisms and health.

This course prepares students for the study of biology and related courses at GCE Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary. It also helps them to develop transferable skills that will benefit them in vocational training and employment.

For those progressing directly into employment, a GCSE in biology is relevant not only to the fields of science and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and public service that value problem-solving and practical skills.