Biology is a varied and interesting science, but it can be tough to remember all of the terms and ideas that you need to know for your GCSE Biology exams. If you need a little bit of help, or if you simply want to find out more about the topics you have covered in class, there are plenty of online Biology resources that can help you.
1. The BBC’s GCSE Bitesize website is a good first stop, particularly if you are studying science through one of the three exam boards that are specifically covered: AQA, Edexcel and OCR. If you are studying a different syllabus, you may still find some useful resources here, but make sure that you know which topics are covered on your course or you could end up revising something you won’t need for your exams. Among the topics that are covered are genetics, evolution, food chains and homeostasis, and there are plenty of tests and activities you can use to check how much you know, as well as useful resources and videos to help you revise.
2. If you enjoy learning through videos, the O2 Learn website has a large collection for you to browse, including some useful GCSE level recordings on topics such as respiration and adaptation. It can take a while to get used to the site, but once you work out how to find the videos you want, they are packed full of useful information. You can even choose to see which videos have been rated highest by other students, so you can quickly find the most useful ones to watch. You can also suggest a video topic if you think there is an idea that should be covered.
3. The Wellcome Trust website might also be helpful if you are a visual learner, since it is packed with animations that can help you to explore topics such as the way DNA is packed into cells and how it is read by the cell.
4. Your Genome is another useful resource for anyone who is studying genetics. It covers the basics of DNA as well as topics such as cloning and genetic disorders, so you can go into as much detail as you need to for your syllabus.
5. If you are studying evolution and adaptation, the Tree of Life website is a useful resource that can help you to explore how all living things are related. If you want to learn more about the variety of life, you can pair this with a visit to the BBC Nature website, where you will find plenty of resources to inspire your interest in Biology, although these may not be specifically tied to your GCSE studies.
6. The Natural History Museum has also produced a useful resource on evolution, where you can learn more about the Charles Darwin, the fossil record and how natural selection works.
7. If you are studying vaccination or infectious disease as part of your Biology GCSE syllabus, the Timelines website has some interesting resources on topics such as the eradication of smallpox. You can see the evidence of smallpox in ancient Egypt, find out how it spread around the world, and learn about how the invention of vaccination helped to eradicate it.
8. The Finding Dulcinea website can connect you to a range of useful biology resources on the Science of the Body and the Science of the Brain, where you can learn more about the different systems involved in activities like digestion and respiration. If you are studying any of these topics as part of your GCSE studies, you are sure to find something of interest here if you take the time to explore what is available.
9. The BBSRC’s website has links to some more Biology resources, as well as plenty of its own information covering important topics at GCSE. It is particularly good on evolution, but you can also find help on topics such as genetics and stem cells.
10. Another site that is packed with resources for GCSE level students is School Science. You can find links to information and games relating to many of the topics that you will need to revise for your GCSEs, including cells and evolution. You can also find some useful advice here if your GCSE studies have inspired you to start thinking about pursuing a career in science.