The GCSE Biology course is designed to develop your scientific knowledge and the conceptual understanding of biology. During the course, you will:
• Carry out compulsory Practical Activities that will enhance your understanding of biology theory and practical skills,
• Learn Mathematical Skills and apply them to Biological scenarios,
• Learn how to ‘Work Scientifically’ to develop your investigative and evaluative skills and to become equipped on how to answer scientific questions about the world around you.
There are seven teaching units (B1-B6) which includes an embedded practical skills unit (B7). Topics for each of the teaching units include:
B1 -Cell level systems: Cell structures; What happens in cells (and what do cells need); Respiration; Photosynthesis.
B2 - Scaling up: Supplying the cell; The Challenges of Size.
B3 - Organism level systems: Coordination and Control – The Nervous and Endocrine systems; Maintaining Internal Environments.
B4 - Community level systems: Ecosystems.
B5 - Genes, inheritance and selection: Inheritance; Natural Selection and Evolution.
B6 - Global challenges: Monitoring and Maintaining the Environment; Feeding the Human Race; Monitoring and Maintaining Health
B7 - Practical Activity Skills
There will be two written papers in May and/or June. Both papers are worth 50% of the final grade, and the second paper will include synoptic assessment. The exam papers are taken at either Foundation or Higher level depending on ability.
The practical-based topic (B7) provides you with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
To enrol for a Level 2 (GSCE equivalent) programme we normally expect applicants to have achieved Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language and Maths
In addition to the standard college entry criteria, this course requires either GCSE Combined Science grade 3,3 or GCSE Biology grade 3. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
After successful completion of the course you can progress on to L3 courses (A-Level Biology and/or BTEC Applied Science), or fill in the gaps in your GCSEs to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.
What does the course combine well with?
Biology can be combined with any other subject.