• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

The course is part-time over one year, normally from September to June.

There are weekly lessons of 3 hours with a choice of either Thursday evening (5.30pm-8.30pm) or Friday morning (10am – 1pm) sessions.

You should expect to do around 3 hours per week of individual study in addition to the lessons.

This GCSE is graded using the new 9-1 grading system which has replaced the A*-G system. A grade 4 is considered equivalent to  grade C.

 

 

Level
Level 2
Duration
1 year part-time
Awarding Body
Edexcel
Course Fees
£470
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Units and Structure

Teaching is done through  a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical experiments.

Examples of biology topics studied are:  Evolution, genes and genetic diseases, nerves and hormones, diabetes, drugs, infection and immunity, plants and environment.

There is no assessed coursework for this course but there are 8 practical investigations which are compulsory for all students. The exams include questions relating to these practicals.

Assessment is by two external examinations which are scheduled for Tuesday 14th May 2019 and Friday 7th June 2019. The exams can be done at Foundation Tier (allowing achievement at grades 1 – 5) or Higher tier (allowing achievement at grades 4 – 9).

 

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

There are no specific entry requirements but English and Maths at grade D (or equivalent) would be helpful as English and maths skills form part of the assessment outcomes for the course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Kevin Gill

Kevin Gill


Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

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The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

Kevin Gill
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kevin.gill@don.ac.uk

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

There are no specific entry requirements but English and Maths at grade D (or equivalent) would be helpful as English and maths skills form part of the assessment outcomes for the course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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