Biology GCSE

What is the subject and why should you study it?

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We offer the triple science option to our highest achieving students.

Course content

Biology GCSE (8461)
Cell biology


Infection & response


Homeostasis & response

Inheritance, Variation & evolution


How is the course assessed?

100% final exams, 2 papers, 105 minutes each, graded 1-9

Foundation (Grades 5 to 1) and Higher (Grades 9 to 4) tiers are available

Any course requirements – not applicable as level 2

Link to specification on exam board website

AQA | GCSE | Biology | Specification at a glance