GCSE Biology

GCSE Biology

Course Entry Requirements

Just the desire to succeed at science.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

You will study the human body and how it works, keeping it healthy, genetics, interdependence and ecosystems and the theory of evolution as well ideas about science.

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important and also getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • You must also ensure that all work is completed if you are going to succeed.

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Why should I study this course?

A qualification at GCSE level in Science is a fundamental requirement for nursing, primary teaching and sports science. If you wish to enter these careers and study these subjects, a GCSE in at least one of the sciences is essential.

How is the course assessed?

You will study for two exams and complete a set of experiments that are designed to develop your practical skills. One exam is called Breadth in Biology and examines knowledge across all the topics that you have studied. The other exam is called Depth in Biology and will examine some topics from the specification in more detail. Both papers contribute 50% of the final mark and grade.

What will this course prepare me for?

A GCSE qualification in one of the sciences is essential for the study of nursing, sports science and primary teaching. Many courses expect the equivalent of a grade C in a science at GCSE level and this course will enable you to obtain this.

Consider this course alongside a BTEC in applied science or forensic and criminal investigation as the content will also support your studies, help you prepare for the new BTEC examinations coursework.

Private Study

As with other GCSE courses you will be set homework once a week. You will be expected to complete this and it will be marked promptly. You will also be expected to study independently to develop your subject knowledge if you are to reach your potential.

What materials will I need to provide?

The only things we ask you to bring are standard stationary items: a pen, a pencil and a ruler will do.

How will I be taught?

You will have 3 hours of Biology on your timetable and will be taught by a single teacher. The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them and there is a really good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work. Practical experiments form a significant part of the course and you are expected to engage in them fully.

GCSE Biology is for you if:

…you are interested in biology, or if you simply enjoy it.  If you have an interest in progressing onto university to study any of the courses listed on this sheet and you do not already have this qualification, then  a GCSE in biology will be a ‘must have requirement’.