About the course
This GCSE course is a one year intensive course for Adults.
The course is fast paced, so good attendance is required to ensure you keep up with the content and do not miss essential practical work. It is a popular course for people looking for a career change or looking to meet the requirements to have a science GCSE for further study.
- All applicants should be 19+.
- Students should have a reasonable grasp of level 2 English and Maths (i.e., grade 3/4, C/D at GCSE) or be studying for a level 2 qualification in English and Maths.
This GCSE (grades 9â€“1, where 9 is the highest grade) in Biology a linear qualification that consists of 2 externally examined assessments. (AQA)
What you'll learn (core modules)
Topics covered within this course include:
1. Cell biology- animal, plant and bacterial cells.
2. Organisation- tissues, organs and body systems.
3. Disease and defence- communicable disease, infection control and the development and use of drugs.
4. Bioenergetics- cellular respiration and photosynthesis
5. Homeostasis- the nervous system, hormones and negative feedback systems.
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution- reproduction, DNA and genetic engineering.
7. Ecology- adaptations, ecosystems and decomposition.
How will I be assessed?
Two written exams in May/June 2022
There are 10 required practicals to complete throughout the year and the theory and application of these is examined within these two papers. There is no practical examination.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
Through classroom based activities, homework and regular assessment leading to final, external exams. In addition to one unaided and one aided observational task.
Where will this course take me?
With English, Maths and a science GCSE such as this one, you could progress onto an Access course in Health science or Midwifery and Nursing, a Btec Level 2 or 3 in Applied Science. Alternatively you could use this to meet the qualifications for Initial Teacher Training programmes or Nursing training programmes.
You could progress onto an Access course in Health science or Midwifery and Nursing or a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Applied Science. Alternatively, this qualification could help you meet the requirements for Initial Teacher Training programmes or Nursing training programmes.
How much will it cost?
If you need help with funding
If you are 19 or over on the day you commence your course, you will be required to pay towards the course. We offer a range of fee reductions for students and tuition fees may be waived. You may also be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan:
Course fees will be waived for the following learners:
Students who need help to move into work, progress in work or remove a barrier to getting into work and who are:
- In receipt of Job Seekers Allowance enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.
- In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or full Level 2 programme.
Students who are unemployed and who want to enter employment and believe skills training will help them to do so and who are:
- In receipt of Income Support enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.
- In receipt of Universal Credit enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.
- 19-23 year olds enrolling onto a full Level 2 programme, with legal entitlement, who do not have a full Level 2 already.
- 19-23 year olds enrolling onto a full Level 3 programme, with legal entitlement, who do not have a full Level 3 already.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Select "apply online" at the top of this page, and complete the form. Once we have recieved this we will email you an application form.
Days & times
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00