GCSE Biology  


Our GCSE biology additional helps you understand and improve your data analysis and comprehension skills so you can use them in your GCSE biology exam. In the exam you will be required to analyse diagrams, graphs and pieces of text.

GCSE Biology Revision Course

Most students who join a GCSE Biology revision course want help with topics covered in Year 11. For instance:

Cells: cell structures, functions, cell types, transport into and out of cells, cell structures, enzymes, cell division, and bacteria structure.

Processes: for instance, photosynthesis, respiration, the effect of exercise on body systems and the immune response in health and disease.

Tissues: digestive system structure, gas exchange in the lungs, blood tissue structure and function, leaf structure in plants, structure of joints, etc.

Organs and Organ systems: heart and kidney structure and function, circulatory system, lung structure and digestive system structure.

Ecosystems: pyramids of number and biomass, energy flow, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, comparison of farming methods, population growth.

Biotechnology: yeast and bacterial cell growth, immobilised enzymes in industrial processes, genetic engineering and modification of plants.

Social Issues: stem cells, cloning, selective breeding of pets and farm animals, behaviour and learning in humans and animals.

Not all exam boards cover all these areas, so make sure you let your tutor know what you’d like them to cover before the date of the course.

GCSE Biology Revision Techniques

Throughout our Revision Course the focus will switch from tutor-led activities to student-led work. These activities may include:

Past papers - Independently: students complete some papers. These are marked and feedback provided during the next session.

Past papers - with assistance: students work on past papers in small groups and with assistance from the course tutor.

Descriptive sessions: students study resources (graphs, data, etc) and then discuss and describe the topic in full – using the correct terms.

Teacher's notes: the tutor presents topic notes in full, if students have never covered the basic topic. Students then read and discuss the notes.

Full Teaching: the tutor teaches a topic, then generates discussion and questions students to gauge their knowledge of the subject.

Our tutors continuously check that students are concentrating, have understood and are ready to move on. In general, most students are happy to revisit topics to reinforce their understanding – although if there are large differences in the level of understanding in a group then alternative activities can always be negotiated.

Biology additional revision course activities may also involve:

- Plotting and analysing graphs.

- Labelling diagrams correctly.

- Tracking changes in data.

- Comparing Biological structures in different parts of the world or body.

A typical GCSE Biology Revision Session

- Seven-Hour duration

- List of topics and activities on the board

- Discussion about preferred learning styles - e.g. groups, pairs or individuals

If the whole group is with the same exam board then the group is likely to follow a single past paper. If not, students may split into smaller groups or work individually.

Because we tailor each course to fit the needs of the students on that course, there is no ‘standard’ lesson plan. The information on this page is intended as a guide only.

If you’re ready to book a GCSE biology revision course, call us now on 0161 790 2635. We’ll be happy to discuss the options and find a course that fits your requirements.