VCE Biology

Biology is a popular VCE exam subject. A good knowledge of the practice exams and past papers should see you do well!

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The VCE Biology Course includes the following topics for study:

Unit 3

Area of study 1 – How do cellular processes work?

Plasma membranes

Nucleic Acids and proteins

Gene structure and regulation

Structure and regulation of biochemical pathways


Cellular Respiration


Area of study 2 – How do cells communicate?

Cellular signals

Responding to antigens



Unit 4

Area of study 1 – How are species related?

Changes in the genetic makeup of a population

Changes in biodiversity over time

Determining relatedness between species

Human change over time


Area of study 2 – How do humans impact biological processes?

DNA manipulation

Biological knowledge and society


Area of study 3 – Practical Investigation


In section one multiple choice questions are answered on the answer sheet provided. In Section two questions longer form questions are answered in the question books. One of the key tips for success in VCE Biology is to make use of the available practice exam and past papers. Resources on Studyclix for VCE Biology can also be helpful including videos, notes and practice material.


Students studying VCE Biology develop knowledge of bioscience and skills of science inquiry and the values and attributes that will help them to consider issues and implications associated with the application of biological techniques and technologies. It can be useful for future careers in areas like medicine, biomedical science and allied professions related to biology and health.


VCE Biology Study Design: