Tissues Gcse Biology Coursework

This International GCSE qualification prepares students for further study in biological sciences and provides a thorough grounding in the practical skills needed to be a working scientist.

The new addition of Behaviour will engage all of your students and enrich their study of biology – by introducing students to the complex behavioural systems employed by humans and how these compare with other mammals.

Practicals in this specification include investigating how difference in temperature and pH affect the rate of digestion and investigating the effects of exercise on the human body. Exam questions will be asked on the practicals, but there is no coursework or practical exam.

This qualification is now available for teaching in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.


Paper 1: Any part of the specification may be assessed.

Paper 2: Any part of the specification may be assessed.


  • Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Syllabus summary


  • Cell structure
  • Principles of organisation
  • Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Plant tissues, organs and systems
  • Transport in cells


  • Photosynthesis
  • Exchange and transport in plants
  • Circulation
  • Digestion
  • Breathing
  • Respiration


  • Energy transferred in ecosystems
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Decay and the carbon cycle
  • The effect of human interaction on ecosystems and biodiversity

Organisms' interaction with the environment

  • The human nervous and hormonal systems
  • Principles of homeostasis
  • Control of water and ion content of the body
  • Temperature control
  • Control of blood glucose
  • Behaviour
  • Infection and response


  • Reproduction
  • Cell division
  • Genetic variation
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic manipulation

Variation and Evolution

  • Variation
  • Natural selection

Download the complete OxfordAQA International GCSE Biology specification (PDF, 928 KB).

Resources available with this specification

OxfordAQA provides the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE Biology specification effectively.

Science taster webinar recordings

Watch a recording of our Science taster webinar from November 2017 to understand our approach to the specification and assessment approach.

Science recorded webinar

Switching guides

Quickly orient yourself with the changes between your old International GCSE Biology specification and the new Oxford International AQA Examinations specification.

Subject specific vocabulary

Ensure that everyone is using scientific language correctly with this list of word definitions used in our international GCSE science specifications and exam papers (based on ‘The Language of Measurement’ produced by the Association of Science Education).

Practical Handbook

Get all the help you need to undertake practicals with your class. This guide harmonises the rules and guidance for International GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics and includes teachers’ notes, technical guidance and student sheets.

Key Stage 3 AQA science syllabus

The AQA approach to teaching the NCfE Key Stage 3 programme of study provides excellent preparation for the Oxford AQA International GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Sciences.

Command Words

Help students prepare for their exams by accessing definitions to command words used in exams and other assessed tasks.

International GCSE Plus

Oxford AQA International GCSE Biology is available with International GCSE Plus. This is an optional endorsed component in which students can explore any aspect of Biology through a research-based piece of analytic work. Visit the International GCSE Plus page to learn more and access the accompanying resources.

Marked Exemplars

Prepare your students in exam technique with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme. Marked Exemplars for International GCSE Biology will be available from the first teaching day of the 2018/19 academic year.


Exampro is an online database of AQA past questions mapped to the new international qualifications, enabling teachers to create their own resources and assessments.

Schools will be given an Exampro username and password when they are approved to teach our qualifications. If you have these you can log in now. If your school is approved to teach our qualifications and you do not know your username and password, contact us.

Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

Our free Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool (ERA™) gives you instant analysis of your students' results. You’ll see how students performed in each unit and topic, and the marks they received for each question. This allows you to see which questions proved the most challenging, or how different classes performed, so you know what areas to focus on in following years. ERA™ is available after results are published.

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  • GCSE
    • Biology
    • Geography
      • Weather and Climate
      • Living World
      • Ice on the Land
      • Water on the Land
      • Rocks, Resources and Scenery
      • The Coastal Zone
      • The Restless Earth
      • The Rural Environment
      • Cities
      • Development
      • Globalisation
      • The Changing Population
      • Tourism
      • Case Studies
        • Cities – London and Curitiba
        • Water on the Land – 2010: The Year of the Flood and Haweswater Reservoir
        • Tourism – Uluru, Australia and The Galapagos Islands
        • Tourism – The Himalayas and Scarborough
        • The Rural Environment – Thetford, Norfolk and Lanreath, Cornwall
        • The Restless Earth – The Jura Range
        • The Coastal Zone – The Maldives and Surfer’s Point, California
        • The Coastal Zone – Studland Bay and East Yorkshire
        • The Changing Population – The Philippines & Globalisation
        • Rocks, Resources and Scenery – Dinmor Parc Quarry, Wales & Overburns, Scotland
        • The Restless Earth – Tohoku Earthquake, Japan and Eyjafjallaj�kull, Iceland
        • Ice on the Land – Mt Kilimanjaro
        • Development – Bangledesh and Poorest Countries in the EU and Sri Lanka
        • Cities – Wapping, London
        • Cities – Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
        • Cities – Halifax, Yorkshire
        • Deserts – The Arizona and Sahara Deserts
        • Tropical Rainforests – Papua New Guinea & Deciduous Forests – Epping Forest
      • The Respiratory System
    • History
      • Russia 1914 - 1924
      • The Long Term Causes of the War
      • The Treaty of Versailles
      • German Empire to Weimar
      • The Roaring Twenties
      • After the Wall Street Crash
      • Hitler's Rise to Power
      • Hitler's Foreign Policy
      • Stalin's USSR
      • The Beginnings of the Cold War
      • Middle East
      • Northern Ireland
      • Racism in America
      • Crisis of the Cold War
      • The Escalation of the Cold War
      • Vietnam
      • Civil Rights Movement
      • Israel and Lebanon 1970s
      • End of the Cold War
    • Physics
      • Forces
      • Energy
      • Electromagnetism
      • Light and Sound
      • Kinetic Energy
      • Mains Electricity
      • Currents in Electrical Circuits
      • Methods to Generate Electricity
      • Moments
      • Nuclear Fission
      • Radioactive Substances
      • Space
    • Psychology
      • Aggression
      • Development of Personality
      • Learning
      • Memory
      • Non Verbal Communication
      • Research Methods
      • Sex and Gender
      • Social Influence
      • Stereotyping, Prejudice
    • Maths
    • Sociology

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