At Headstart, we believe that science has something to offer every student. That’s why we have a suite of science qualifications for Key Stage 4 ‒ to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations.

You’ll see that our GCSE Biology is a clear straightforward specification, with clear straightforward exams, so all of our pupils can realise their potential.

You can be confident that our GCSE Biology is relevant and interesting to teach and to learn. We ensure that:

·         The subject content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order. We also signpost opportunities for skills development throughout the specification

·         All our science curricular provide opportunities for progression.


Teaching GCSE Biology at Headstart School involves the following subject content:

Cell biology


Infection and response


Homeostasis and response

inheritance, variation and evolution


Key ideas



The GCSE qualification is Linear, which means the pupils will sit their exams at the end of the year.



Why sit a GCSE in Biology?

·         GCSE Biology helps students get a good understanding of the world of living things, from how a basic cell works to the complexities of an ecosystem. This topic-based specification is designed to encourage teachers to adopt a practical enquiry approach which helps students develop practical Science skills.

·         Its structure allows opportunities for co-teaching and flexibility in curriculum planning because of unit overlaps with the GCSE Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science specifications.

·         It can contribute towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if students enter any three of the four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science – and achieve grades A* to C in at least two of them.

Students like;

·         the fact that theory and practice go hand-in-hand which helps recall

·         learning about things relevant to their lives such as diet and exercise, homeostasis and the environment

·         getting involved in the practical work

·         finding out more about the real facts behind issues like global warming.