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GCSE Biology (Part of the GCSE Fast-Track Programme)

Pupils progressing from Science in schools.  Mature students wishing to update their knowledge.  Those wishing to enter nursing, teaching or other vocations requiring a science qualification.  Those having a general interest in biological science and environmental issues.  The course is for students who wish to obtain a qualification in Biology. Consequently, all students on this course will be expected to enter for the assessment.

Entry Requirements

The College is offering a full-time GCSE Fast-Track Programme for students achieving mostly D grades in their GCSEs, which runs for one year.



Course Content

GCSE Biology consists of four assessed units:
Biology 1 (BL1)
Keeping healthy
Nerves and hormones
The use and abuse of drugs
Species interdependence and adaptation
Energy and biomass in food chains
Waste materials from plants and animals
Genetic variation and its control
Biology 2 (BL2)
Cells and simple cell transport
Tissues, organs and organ systems
Organisms and their environment
Proteins – their functions and uses
Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
Cell division and inheritance
Species creation and extinction
Biology 3 (BL3)
Movement of molecules in and out of cells
Transport systems in plants and animals
Humans and their environment
Controlled Assessment (BL4)
Plan practical ways to develop and test scientific ideas
Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
Collect primary and secondary data
Select and process primary and secondary data
Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
Use scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations

How will I be taught?

A variety of laboratory based classes involving lectures, problem solving, discussion and experimentation. Regular homework will reinforce students’ knowledge throughout the course.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE Biology qualification consists of three 1 – hour papers (Foundation or Higher) and two centre assessed written papers on the practical implication of the coursework.

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE Biology

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A level Biology or Human Biology; BTEC National Diploma in Forensic Science, Health and Social Care or Animal Management and Access to Higher Education are examples of courses which might be studied.

Course Information

Students on this course should allow at least 4 hours per week for home study. Regular attendance and completion of homework is vital for the achievement of good grades in the exams.

Course Textbook ‘New AQA Science GCSE Biology’ (student Book)
Authors: Lawrie Ryan, Ann Fullick ISBN: 978-1-4085-0826-8 Publisher: Nelson Thomas

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.
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