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GCSE Biology

  • Fee
  • Duration of course 32 Weeks
  • Course type Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for Adults

This GCSE program is a one year intensive course for Adults, who wish to pursue a teacher training course; tutors and trainers who may be working within a Further Education (FE) college, Adult and Community Learning Centre or Learning Provider, who require a GCSE for Further Education or for Career development.


Course content

The course is an intensive course, presented in 7 topics; Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology. Throughout the course you are expected to carry out practical experiments to develop your investigational skills.


What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

GCSE Biology is a requirement for many careers, including Primary Teaching, Science degrees and the Health Professions. With a good GCSE grade there are a wide range of career options.


How will I learn?

Through classroom based activities, experimental procedures, homework and regular assessment leading to final external exams.


How will I be assessed?

Students will also be entered for the June GCSE exams, where they will sit for two separate papers, Paper1 and Paper 2. Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE, consisting of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.



How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

Due to the volume of scientific principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 3 hours per week of individual study outside of lessons.


Which awarding body is the course validation by?



What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

·   If you have taken a GCSE Science before, we would expect you to have a grade D

·   Grade C in either GCSE English and D in GCSE Math

·   If you have not taken GCSE Science before, or it is a long time since you have studied, you will be ask to take a literacy and numeracy assessment

Expected prior knowledge

At least Grade D in GCSE Science or Biology and at least level 1 in both Maths and English


English level  

Level 1


Mathematics level

Level 1


Equipment and other costs

You will need stationary, a calculator and two separate AQA GCSE Biology text books.

·      Hodder, AQAGCSE Biology (9-1) Biology Student Book by Alison Hodgson

·      Collins, AQA GCSE Biology (9-1) Student Book  by Anne Pilling


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* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status and circumstances.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 24 years of age, 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are available to help you.