GCSE Biology

Study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA.

Course Information (AQA 8461)

Duration: 30 Weeks

Type: Part time  

Cost: £950 including exam

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, a good basic level of numeracy and literacy is expected.

Course Content

We believe that science has something to offer every student. That’s why we have introduced a science qualification to our courses offered.  You’ll see that our GCSE Biology course is a clear straightforward specification, with clear straightforward exams, so you can reach your potential.

On the course you will study the following modules:

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

Method of Study

You will develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of scientific methods and concepts, and acquire, select and apply scientific techniques to solve problems. You will be able to recall and use this knowledge in questions that link different areas of the specification to develop coherent arguments and explanations.

You will be able to study flexibly and at your own pace over the course of 30 weeks completing a range of linear modules and online experiments.

Method of Assessment

You will sit two examinations

Paper One (Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes)

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. 

Paper Two (Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes)

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Please note: one year courses are intensive and require independent study and research.

What Can I Do Next?

Biology is essential for higher education courses in medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, dietetics, physiotherapy, orthopics and veterinary science.

It is also useful for: anthropology, psychology, civil engineering, geography, and teaching.

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