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BASC’s engagement with Natural History GCSE essential

BASC has responded proactively to an OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA) consultation on developing a Natural History GCSE qualification.

The call for a Natural History GCSE came on the back of a successful campaign by naturalist Mary Colwell. The qualification will aim to bridge the gap in the current syllabus.

Curtis Mossop, BASC’s head of pathways to shooting, said: “BASC is fully supportive of boosting engagement between young people and the natural world. The proposed Natural History GCSE creates the perfect portal.

“BASC has offered to help develop the syllabus and ensure the course is led by the available science. There are obvious emotive and sensitive topics within Natural History therefore, the course must include all sides of the argument to ensure the most holistic outcome."

The inclusion of shooting and land management in the syllabus was raised in BASC’s response.

Curtis said: “When you consider that shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area in the UK, the topic needs to be included.”

Notes to Editors:
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