GCSE Biology: Practicals

Biology is clearly a practical science, students confirm understanding and apply knowledge through practical activity.

Practicals are by their very nature active, they stimulate interest and motivate students.

In GCSE Biology from September 2016 there are required practical activities that students must complete and whilst these will not contribute marks to a final grade, schools will be required to confirm that they have provided opportunities for students to undertake these practical activities. Teachers should consult their Awarding Body specifications to confirm the exact practicals that are required.

Ideas for protocols and investigations that will meet the requirements of some of these specified practicals are provided in the following resouce list, along with other investigations that will support the development of practical skills.