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Availability & Details

Biology - GCSE Tue 18.30 - 21.00 Gp 01 SP-BIOLGC-G(2021)YA1

South Downs Campus

Type of study

15-Sep-2020 - 18-May-2021 (weeks)

Examination board
Course Co-Funded Fee £322.00
Exam Co-Funded Fee £40.00
Course Full Fee £811.00
Exam Full Fee £40.00
Course Fully-Funded £0.00
Exam Fully-Funded £0.00


This course is a wide-ranging course full of many different interesting topics. It will cover more topics than your GCSE Science course at school but will allow you to specialise in Biology. It contains all aspects of Biology from tiny unicellular organisms (bacteria) to humans, animals and plants.

No formal qualifications are required for entry onto this course, prospective students need to be aware of the homework requirements and the need to purchase a GCSE Biology AQA textbook.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, group discussions, problem solving, data handling, experimental and observational tasks. This course also contains statistical analysis. Students have access to our extensive ILT resources through our Virtual Learning Environment as well as lecturer and peer support.

You will sit two externally assessed examinations: both are worth 50% of the qualification and both are 1 hr 45 mins long.

With a grade 4 or above in GCSE Science, this would allow you to progress to a wide range of social science A Levels or onto on of our science based vocational courses at South Downs Campus.

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student