We’ve got you covered for the new Biology Study Design


VCE Biology is changing with a revised Study Design scheduled for implementation from January 2022.

Biology for VCE is a new series that provides everything you need for assessment success. The series includes Student Books, Student Workbooks and a suite of enhanced digital resources, assessment tools and preparation materials to support both SACs and exams.

You can trust our expert Victorian authors and award-winning publishing team to support you with the tools needed to confidently implement the new Study Design, save time while lesson planning and ensure the best learning outcomes for your students.

Confidently teach the new Study Design

Biology for VCE provides a clear learning pathway for every student, mapped directly to the new VCE Biology Study Design.

Prepare for assessment success

Comprehensive assessment support and skill development helps students to develop the skills needed for SACs and exam success.

Seamlessly deliver course content with enhanced digital resources

Print resources are supported by Oxford’s new obook pro digital format for teachers and students.

Provide practical support for every student

Up-to-date mock practical answers, lab tech notes and risk assessments are provided in the suite of digital resources that accompany all practicals.

What's new for 2022?

Watch this short video to learn how Oxford is supporting Science educators in 2022.

Confidently implement the new
Study Design

Biology for VCE provides a clear learning pathway for every student, mapped directly to the 2022 VCE Biology Study Design.

The series delivers essential concepts with clear, accessible language and
engaging visuals.

Groundwork questions test student understanding of assumed knowledge and provide supporting resources. Challenge questions provide opportunities for higher-order thinking and application of knowledge.

Prepare students for SAC and
exam success

Biology for VCE focuses on developing students’ key Science skills and
understanding of ethical approaches. The series offers targeted support and
resources for assessment
, including exam preparation and practice.

Student Books feature the Biology toolkit, a stand-alone reference that provides an overview of the course, and Exam essential spreads at the end of every chapter.

Student Workbooks provide targeted opportunities to develop key skills
necessary for success in SACs and exam.

Make Biology accessible with cutting-edge practical support

All experiments are supported by targeted instructional videos filmed in
collaboration with leading educators at Casey Tech School. These videos can be used by schools requiring additional resources to perform experiments mandated by the Study Design.

Videos are available to help support students who miss experiment days and provide professional development for teachers. The practicals are tailered to support all students, those with and without access to lab technology.

Up-to-date mock practical answers, lab tech notes and risk assessments are provided in the suite of digital resources that accompany all practicals in
Biology for VCE.

Experience the enhanced digital platform

Biology for VCE print resources are supported by Oxford’s new obook pro format for teachers and students.

An innovative upgrade to existing obook capabilities, obook pro features market-leading interactive resources and enhanced assessment, tracking
engagement and reporting functionality
, all hosted on Oxford Digital.

Focus on teaching - administration is taken care of!

Assess, track and report student progress with assessment functionality.

Teachers can:

  • filter online test and quiz results by class or group
  • add results from self-administered tests.

Combine fun and functionality with interactive skills activities and videos

obook pro features interactive content, real-time Quizlet quizzes and new video content to support learning and practical investigations.

Meet our author team

Helen Silvester

Anna Hawthorne

Sarah Edwards

Jess Sautner

Dr Gary Simpson

Dr Kyi Muller

You can trust our expert Victorian authors to support you with the tools and resources needed to implement the 2022 VCE Biology Study Design.

Helen Silvester is Director at the STEAM-focused Casey Tech School. She has been an educator for over 20 years and has held Head of Science positions in a number of schools. She was shortlisted for the 2014 and 2017 Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools and was Victoria's representative for the BHP Billiton Science Teachers Awards.

Helen has a wealth of experience writing and reviewing and has been an active participant in the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), Australian School Science Information Support for Teachers and Technicians (ASSIST) and Science Teachers Association Victoria (STAV). Helen has also worked as a researcher at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Anna Hawthorne has been an educator for five years and has a wide range of experience teaching Science 7–10, Maths 7–10 and VCE Biology at Mentone Girls' Grammar. She is currently designing a Science and Enterprise elective for Year 10 students.

Sarah Edwards has been an educator for ten years and has taught at Mentone Girls' Grammar. Sarah has a wealth of experience teaching Science 7–10 and Biology, and was a previous Head of Science in New Zealand. Sarah currently works as a STEAM educator at Casey Tech School.

Jess Sautner has been an educator for 8 years and has taught VCE Biology, Psychology and Junior Science at Bacchus Marsh Grammar. She is an experienced Biochemist and works as a STEM Outreach Coordinator at Deakin University, supporting VCE Science students entering University.

Jess has also worked as a VCAA Panel Member, developing teacher’s professional development resources. Previous to her work in Science education and communication she worked at CSIRO, CSL and as a microbiologist and virologist in industry.

Michelle Moore is an extremely respected and highly experienced laboratory technician with 40 years of experience in various areas of research and education.

Michelle has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and worked in high school laboratories for over 20 years. Michelle currently works alongside Helen Silvester and Sarah Edwards at Casey Tech School.

Dr. Gary Simpson has a wealth of experience teaching VCE Biology, Environmental Science and Geography. He currently teaches Junior Science 9–10 at Woodleigh High School and was previously Head of Science.

Gary received ACEL’s inaugural Teacher Leader Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Zoos Victoria Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dr. Kyi Muller is a highly-trained biology researcher and educator with over 8 years teaching experience. She has a doctorate in marine biology and has taught biology in both the UK and Australia.

Kyi has worked at Haileybury for the last four years as Head of Science and more recently as the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, working across all year levels and campuses. She is extremely passionate about science education and was previously the Program Director for Curious Minds – an Australian Government initiative to increase girls’ access to STEM education. Kyi was also awarded the 2019 Graeme Clarke Science Innovation in Schools Award.

Biology for VCE Units 1 & 2

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Student Book + obook pro ?Print Student Book with digital obook pro access for 27 months from the date of activation

Student obook pro ?Digital Student obook pro access for 27 months from the date of activation

Student Workbook ?Print Student Workbook

Teacher obook pro 1
(Student Book) ?Digital Teacher access to the Student Book for the life of the edition

Teacher obook pro 2
(Student Workbook) ?Digital Teacher access to the Student Workbook for the life of the edition

Teacher obook pro 3 (Student Book + Student Workbook) ?Digital Teacher access to both Student Book and Student Workbook for the life of the edition

Biology for VCE Units 3 & 4

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Student Book + obook pro ?Print Student Book with digital obook pro access for 27 months from the date of activation

Student obook pro ?Digital Student obook pro access for 27 months from the date of activation

Student Workbook ?Print Student Workbook

Teacher obook pro 1
(Student Book) ?Digital Teacher access to the Student Book for the life of the edition

Teacher obook pro 2
(Student Workbook) ?Digital Teacher access to the Student Workbook for the life of the edition

Teacher obook pro 3 (Student Book + Student Workbook) ?Digital Teacher access to both Student Book and Student Workbook for the life of the edition

Professional Development for Teachers

On demand video

Are you prepared for the new VCE Biology Study Design?

Helen Silvester shares expert tips and insights to support student success.

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