Released in 2021, Heinemann Biology 1 & 2, 6th Edition completely covers the 2022–2026 VCE Biology Study Design.

  • Year Levels 11–12
  • Curriculum VIC
  • Subject Science
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus Biology
  • Last Updated Oct 2021

What it is

The revised Heinemann Biology 6th Edition features a suite of resources that address the latest VCE Biology Study Design requirements. It prepares learners for a future in science with:

  • expertly authored content
  • past VCAA exam questions with examiners' notes
  • SPARKlabs in partnership with PASCO
  • a wealth of teacher support to support implementation.

In response to VCAA's VCE Biology 2022-2026 Frequently asked questions, a summary of changes document has been written by Carina Jansen. This document outlines amendments and inclusions for Heinemann Biology 2 6th edition and can be accessed via Pearson Places or supplied by your local Pearson Education Consultant.

How it helps


Confidence-building assessment: Scaffolded hints, auto-correction, and instant feedback in digital assessment questions enable learners to work independently and make decisions about their next steps.

Engaging practicals and lab activities: Guide learners through the process of inquiry and investigation with SPARKlab practical activities, developed in collaboration with PASCO.

Tailored exam preparation: Adapt practice exams to suit learners and benefit from the inclusion of VCAA questions with examiner notes.


Extensive teacher support: Build confidence for a smooth transition to new VCE requirements with carefully designed teacher support.

Simplified lesson planning: Save time by accessing content and assessment in one simple-to-use enhanced eBook platform.

Oversee student development: Get a clear overview of student progress with an online progress tracker for more targeted support.

“Heinemann Biology gives an excellent foundation for VCE students fueling their passion for the subject and equips them for first year biology and beyond. This is certainly a book you’d want to keep handy as a student and also as an educator!”
- Saw Hoon Lim, Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne School of Biomedical Sciences

What it includes

Discover how Heinemann Biology improves teaching and learning outcomes.

Heinemann Biology 1 & 2, 6th Edition


The long-trusted series provides quality content that completely covers the 2022–2026 Biology Study Design.

All expertly authored content, offers the rigour and depth required to address the new VCE requirements, saving you time and making your transition to the new study design easy.

Offering new features to address emerging needs, the sixth edition has also retained the features you loved in the fourth edition. It provides:

  • digital assessment including interactive questions and SPARKlab practical activities
  • a clear and well-paced layout
  • language more accessible to students
  • comprehensively addressed key science skills
  • carefully written and reviewed VCAA practice exam questions with examiners notes
  • all the resources and teacher support needed to transition to the new study design with confidence.

Heinemann Biology 1 & 2, 6th Edition

eBook + assessment

Educator access

The eBook + assessment benefits teachers by including:

  • a comprehensive sample teaching plan
  • a suite of practice exam materials
  • rich support for Area of Study 3
  • solutions and support for the skills and assessment book.
  • digital assessment and reporting which can be used to:
    • assign work
    • track student progress
    • identify gaps in student learning
    • inform planning and remediation.

Learner access

The eBook + assessment benefits students with features that include:

  • digital assessment questions with:
    • scaffolded hints
    • instant feedback 
    • auto-correction
  • fully worked solutions in the student book
  • videos and interactives
  • SPARKlab versions of the skills and assessment book practical activities developed in collaboration with PASCO.

Heinemann Biology 1 & 2, 6th Edition

Student book

The student book includes up-to-date biology developments and applications in biology. It ensures content and concepts are fully accessible to all learners by including:

  • best-practice literacy and learning design
  • case studies with real-world data and analysis questions
  • a smooth progression from low to high order questions in section, chapter, and area of study reviews.

Heinemann Biology 1 & 2, 6th Edition

Skills and assessment book

Help students apply key science skills and prepare for assessments with key features that include:

  • a skills toolkit
  • key knowledge study notes
  • worksheets
  • practical activities
  • VCAA exam and exam-style questions for each area of study
  • sample area of study 3 investigations.

Support videos

eBook + Assessment

Learn how Pearson’s new eBook + Assessment saves you time and enhances student learning. It covers:

  • how to use the digital assessment tool to:
    • inform planning
    • assign student work
    • track learner progress
    • identify gaps in understanding
  • how the educator-designed interactive lab activities, SPARKlabs, guide learners through the process of inquiry and investigation.

Support videos

Teacher resources

Explore the teacher support resources in the new Heinemann Biology 6th edition suite.

Support videos


See how students can complete all their practical work in one simple digital tool with SPARKlabs.

Support videos

Key Knowledge in the VCE Biology Study Design 2022–2026

This webinar provides an overview of the Heinemann Biology, 6th Edition resources and of the 2022–2026 Biology Study Design. It covers:

  • key knowledge in the 2016-2021 study design
  • relevant key knowledge in the new study design
  • teaching plans for units 3 and 4
  • key learning concepts for students
  • new assessment requirements.

Heinemann Biology

Sixth Edition Partners

PASCO, with Australian partners Cider House Tech, provides SPARKLabs digital practical activities for Heinemann Biology.

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