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Advances in Biology often make headlines as they affect our lives in a myriad of ways.
What is Biology?

The dramatic breakthroughs of modern Biology have provided an unprecedented understanding of living organisms. Advances in Biology often make headlines as they affect our lives in a myriad of ways. These include: developing new medicines, using biotechnology and enhancing global food production with the techniques of molecular biology.

What will I study?

The GCSE Biology course is divided into seven chapters that cover genes and inheritance (B1), human health (B2), life on earth (B3), the processes of life (B4), growth and development (B5) and brain and mind (B6). The final chapter (B7) explores these topics in greater depth.

Why should I study Biology?

Biology is relevant to everyone who wants to know more about how their bodyworks and how all life on earth is inter-related. It develops skills of data analysis and evaluation as well as practical and investigative skills.

How is it assessed?





A161 B1, B2, B3 25% 1 hour exam
A162 B4, B5, B6 25% 1 hour exam
A163 B7 25% 1 hour exam
A164   25% Controlled Assessment


Exam Board: OCR

What do I need?

To succeed in this course, students should have a genuine interest in learning about the processes that underlie life, especially with regards to human biology. Due to the accelerated nature of this course, regular revision and good organizational skills are important to develop a thorough understanding and to achieve good exam results.

Notes/Reading List

GCSE Biology OCR 21st Century Revision Guide CGP (2011) ISBN 978 1 84762 6127
GCSE Biology OCR 21st Century Revision Workbook CGB (2011) ISBN: 978 1 84762 6130

“Studying Biology at DLD is a new and wonderful experience. Great teachers with amazing teaching styles that make learning Biology interesting.”
Huong Trang To – Current DLD Student

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