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GCSE Science - Biology

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Course Description

This course can be studied as part of a full-time Access to Higher Education programme or part-time in the evenings on its own.

The core content of this course includes exciting, relevant topics such as cellular structure, response to infection, ecology, and plant science. As part of the course you will study theory interspersed with ten practical sessions. These ten laboratory sessions are integral to your learning and will help you to place the theory into context.

The full cost of this course is £362. The course runs for 35 weeks, 3 hours per week. Loans for course fees may be available for eligible learners.

Start date: w/c 5th September 2022


AQA GCSE Biology

Entry Requirements

Few formal qualifications are needed to study this course but an interest or some relatively recent experience of science or biology would be useful. As part of the interview process, you will be spoken to individually about your suitability for the course and asked to sit a short assessment.


The course includes both theory taught in a classroom setting and practical sessions.

You will sit two written papers at the end of the course around May/June. Each paper will constitute 50% of your final grade.

Topics on this course include:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Work Experience

Although there are no specific work experience placements, there is a combination of theory and practical classes in our purpose built science laboratories.


Upon completion of this course learners are able to progress onto further study to gain employment within many possible career areas including: teaching, laboratory technician, forensics, analytical scientist, anthropologist, scenes of crime officer or roles in any of the following fields: biomedical science, pharmacy, microbiology or radiography.

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