In focus: Natural history in the making
In April 2022 our UK awarding body, OCR, celebrated the announcement that a new GCSE in Natural History can be taught to 14- to 16-year-olds from 2025.
“A brilliant addition to the learning young people receive on climate education.”
Global adventurer Bear Grylls
As Mary Colwell said, “A GCSE in Natural History could be a game-changer for the nature of Britain. Everyone will have the opportunity to be nature-literate, to learn about British wildlife and how it relates to the rest of the world, which is essential for a sustainable, green future.”
Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit said: “This decision is one of the most exciting things that has happened in education in the last thirty years. Seeing the world through the lens of the natural world will transform our wider understanding and empathy for the interconnection between all living things.”
The new GCSE reflects how we are continually looking across our portfolio to innovate and create new qualifications that are as relevant as possible to the interests of today’s students.