GCSE Biology

Course Information

  • Course Code: S085
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: AQA
  • Study mode: Part Time

GCSE Biology is an important qualification which allows you to progress on to a range of higher-level courses, including Access to Higher Education Diplomas and degrees in a wide variety of subject areas.  Our GCSE in Biology is expertly taught and

We have a long history of successfully offering GCSE to adults across Pennine Lancashire and beyond and we’d be delighted to welcome you to Blackburn College to study with us.

Various classes are available for you to attend.

What equipment will I need?

All GCSE students will require a pad of A4 wide-lined paper, a file to keep their work in, plastic wallets and dividers to keep their files organised. You should also bring pens and a highlighter pen to class.

What do I need to bring to enrol?

You need to apply for this course using an adult education application form

On enrolment day, you will sit an assessment. You do not need to bring anything for this.

You should bring a means of payment as you will not be able to enrol on to the one-year programme without paying the course fee.

What can I do next?

GCSE Biology opens many doors to you. You may use it for career progression, to progress to further study or for personal satisfaction.

What will I study?

GCSE Biology is a mixture of lectures and practical sessions to help you learn about the following key areas:

  • The structure and function of different types of cells
  • Reproduction
  • Life on earth: photosynthesis and respiration
  • Metabolism
  • The environment

You will be assessed through a practical assessment (which takes place in February) and an examination (which usually takes place at the beginning of June)

Entry Requirements

You should be over 19 years of age and you should have a reasonable level of written and spoken English. All applicants will be required to complete a short assessment to ensure they are enrolling on an appropriate level of study and that they can enjoy and achieve during their time at Blackburn College.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the year you will be expected to complete exercises at home which will improve your understanding of the key topics which are covered in class.  It is of the utmost importance that you complete these tasks at home to ensure that you are appropriately prepared for your assessment and examination.

To ensure successful completion of the course students are expected to maintain attendance of 90% and above over the thirty week programme.

What can I do next?

Providing you successfully complete the GCSE in Biology, there are a wide range of Level 3 and Access to Higher Education courses available should you want to continue further study at the College. Subject to other qualifications that you may have already attained you could progress on to a degree at University Centre at Blackburn College in a wide range of disciplines. We encourage our students to attend careers advice and open evenings to assess what path is most suitable.

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