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The following information shows the topics covered as part of the Separates (Triple) GCSE Biology course. Take extra care to note that there is extra content in this course that is not covered in the Trilogy (Combined) GCSE for Science. I have highlighted content that is for Biology only in green. The table of information has been taken from the official AQA GCSE Biology Course Specifications.

TOPIC
SUBTOPIC
CONTENT
B1 Cell Biology
Cell structure
Eukaryotes and prokaryotes
Animal and plant cells
Cell specialisation
Cell differentiation
Microscopy
Culturing microorganisms
Cell division
Chromosomes
Mitosis and the cell cycle
Stem cells
Transport in cells
Diffusion
Osmosis
Active transport
B2 Organisation
Principles of organisation
Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
The human digestive system
The heart and blood vessels
Blood
Coronary heart disease: a non communicable disease
Health issues
The effect of lifestyle on some non-communicable diseases
Cancer
Plant tissues, organs and systems
Plant tissues
Plant organ system
B3 Infection and Response
Communicable diseases
Communicable (infectious) diseases
Viral diseases
Bacterial diseases
Fungal diseases
Protist diseases
Human defence systems
Vaccination
Antibiotics and painkillers
Discovery and development of drugs
Monoclonal antibodies (Higher Tier only)
Producing monoclonal antibodies
Uses of monoclonal antibodies
Plant disease
Detection and identification of plant diseases
Plant defence responses
B4 Bioenergetics
Photosynthesis
Photosynthetic reaction
Rate of photosynthesis
Uses of glucose from photosynthesis
Respiration
Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
Response to exercise
Metabolism
B5 Homeostasis and response
Homeostasis
The human nervous system
Structure and function
The brain
The eye
Control of body temperature
Hormonal coordination in humans
Human endocrine system
Control of blood glucose concentration
Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the body
Hormones in human reproduction
Contraception
The use of hormones to treat infertility (Higher Tier only)
Negative feedback (Higher Tier only)
Plant hormones
Control and coordination
Use of plant hormones (Higher Tier only)
B6 Inheritance, variation and evolution
Reproduction
Sexual and asexual reproduction
Meiosis
Advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction
DNA and the genome
DNA structure
Genetic inheritance
Inherited disorders
Sex determination
Variation and evolution
Variation
Evolution
Selective breeding
Genetic engineering
Cloning
The development of understanding of genetics and evolution
The theory of evolution
Speciation
The understanding of genetics
Evidence for evolution
Fossils
Extinction
Resistance bacterial
Classification of living organisms
B7 Ecology
Adaptations, interdependence and competition
Communities
Abiotic factors
Biotic factors
Adaptations
Organisation of an ecosystem
Levels of organisation
How materials are cycled
Decomposition
Impact of environmental change (Higher Tier only)
Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems
Biodiversity
Waste management
Land use
Deforestation
Global warming
Maintaining biodiversity
Trophic levels in an ecosystem
Trophic levels
Pyramids of biomass
Transfer of biomass
Food production
Factors affecting food security
Farming techniques
Sustainable fisheries
Role of biotechnology
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COMBINED
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
PHYSICS
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