Course Overview

Students choosing Triple Science in their Year 9 Options will study three science-based GCSEs, including Biology. At Fallibroome, the exact course followed is from the AQA exam board: AQA GCSE Biology (8461).

Students have one specialist Biology teacher and they have 5 lessons of Biology per fortnight on their timetables. The course is taught in topics, of varying length, with a test at the end of each one. The course will take two years to complete and at the end students will receive a grade between 9 and 1.



The course is examined through two 105-minute exams in the summer of Year 11. There is no other assessment.

Examination dates:

Biology Paper 1: Tuesday 12th May 2020 (pm) (1h45m)
Biology Paper 2: Monday 1st June 2020 (pm) (1h45m)

The school enters students for their exams with the exam board and then students are given (in February) a Statement of Entry to check that no mistakes have been made. Please note that this final check is the students’ responsibility and that Fallibroome cannot be held accountable for any errors that are not picked up at this final stage.

A correct Statement of Entry for GCSE Biology looks like this:

AQA GCSE in Biology 8461H (for students taking the Higher Tier exams)
AQA GCSE in Biology 8461F (for students taking the Foundation Tier exams)


Home Learning

Homework will be set on a regular basis by the teacher.

It is important to note, however, that in addition to whatever homework is set explicitly by the teachers, all students need to develop the habit of reviewing their week’s study using a revision guide/workbook and/or the electronic textbook available via Kerboodle (see below). They should then see their teacher (outside of class is fine) to tackle any areas of misunderstanding.



All students are issued with a username and password for Kerboodle, which provides a complete electronic copy of the course textbook used in class, together with worksheets, videos and animations. Fallibroome’s “institution code” (required to log in) is nrs0.



Students may wish to obtain paper copies of textbooks in addition to the Kerboodle digital version. This is not required and is entirely optional. Suitable course textbooks are any of the following:

This is the textbook used in class


This is the textbook made available to the students in digital format via Kerboodle



Revision Guides and Workbooks

Revision guides and workbooks are also entirely optional, but some students find them useful. During the first term of Year 10, we process orders for the books below, as the school can purchase them at a discounted price compared to the retail price in shops. However, there are many others available (e.g. from WHSmith, Waterstones, Amazon) and there is very little difference between them.

CGP GCSE Biology for AQA Higher Revision Guide
CGP GCSE Biology for AQA Higher Revision Workbook


Past Examination Papers

Completing and then reviewing past exam paper questions is the best preparation for the students’ own exams.