Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Part Time

  • Intermediate
2 September 2019TBCDavid Whitaker

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

Studying GCSE will give you a good basic knowledge of Biology which will enable you to understand the world around you and also help you to progress onto the next stage of your educational journey. On the course you will study units in cell biology, organ systems, infection, bioenergetics, homeostasis, inheritance, genetics, evolution and ecology.  The lessons are a mixture of interesting and fascinating theory and exiting practical work.

WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?

Biology is a one-year course designed to help students acquire a systematic body of knowledge of Biology. This may be to supplement or improve on qualifications gained in school, as a foundation to further studies or as a response to a specific need in order to progress in the workplace. Successful completion may also count as a science qualification for primary teaching or other entry requirements. Note that in most cases, if you are 16-18 years old and are taking a full-time College course you will be taking English and maths qualifications alongside.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

A genuine interest in the subject and a rationale for taking the course is a key requirement to enrolling on the GCSE Biology course. This is important as the course requires a high level of self-motivation to complete homework and prepare for the examinations. Applicants will also be required to take a course entry test, and will need to be working at least at GCSE grade 3 (D) standard.

Since the course is only one year long, 100% attendance is also very important to maximise your chances of achieving the GCSE in Biology at the end of the course.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Students may require the Biology GCSE to study Access Science or enter professions such as teaching where GCSE Science is a prerequisite.

WHAT WILL I STUDY ON THE COURSE?

The Biology course is divided up equally into eight sections and you will study an exciting range of topics across Biology.

Unit 1: Cell biology

You will look at lots of types of cells and their structures.  There are microbiology practicals using microscopes and growing microbes in the lab

Unit 2: Organisation

You will look at both plant and animal organ systems and the way they work together to support life

Unit 3: Infection and response

Diseases, infections and the spread of diseases along with vaccines and immunity are considered

Unit 4: Bioenergetics

Photosynthesis and cell respiration and core biology units

Unit 5: Homeostasis and response

Control and regulation in the body for example maintaining body temperature

Unit 6: Inheritance, variation and evolution

Genetics and inheritance and links to the fascinating variety in the natural world and theories of evolution

Unit 7: Ecology

Plants and animals and their distribution looking at case studies and examples of habitats on the Island and in many parts of the world

Unit 8: Key ideas

Key skills of understanding include how scientific ideas develop and evidence based investigations

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED

Biology GCSE is assessed by two written examination papers.  These are taken at the end of the course and are each worth 50%.

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