Biology (AQA GCSE)

Biology (AQA GCSE)

Subject Area: GCSEs Adult Learning Science

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Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2020
  • Attendance: Part-time
  • Duration: 36 Weeks
  • Course Code: 143882
  • Entry Requirements

    • Aged 19+
    • Successful completion of a paper-based assessment

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    The course is organised into eight topics: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance; Variation and Evolution and Ecology. The Biology content of the new specification covers many exciting and relevant topics including cloning, monoclonal antibodies, stem cells, plant diseases, the brain, selective breeding, and maintaining biodiversity. Practical activities include testing the effects of antibiotics on bacterial growth and measuring populations of organisms in a habitat.

    The scientific content will be assessed in two papers each worth 50% of the overall marks. Each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from the different topics. The topics will be assessed in two external paper examinations at the end of the course, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. The examinations cover both foundation and higher tier levels. The questions include multiple choice, structured closed short answer, and open response questions.

    The practical skills and techniques will be developed through the completion of eight practical activities which will be integrated into class teaching time. Assessment of practical work will be made by reporting that all activities have been completed and by examination questions that draw on students’ practical science experience.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does this course cost?

    Course fees change each year. The cost of the course in 2019 was £466.55.

    Do I have to pay the full fee at enrolment or can I pay in instalments?

    Unfortunately instalments or fee remissions are not available for this course and therefore the full fee must be paid at enrolment.

    When are the exams for Biology and how many are there?

    There are 2 exam papers, and these are sat in June of each academic year.

    Is this equivalent to the double award Science?

    No, this is 1 GCSE qualification in Biology.

    What days and times do I need to come in for lessons?

    Lessons are 6pm - 9pm and currently on Tuesday evenings.

    What happens after I apply?

    Upon submission of your application, you will be emailed about the ‘next steps’. It is a mandatory step in the application process that you attend an assessment, so that we can ascertain your current working level. This will take 45 minutes to an hour. Keep an eye out on your emails including your junk mailbox, as this will list all the details!

    What topics are covered in the assessment test and can I re-sit if I fail?

    The biology assessment covers topics such as nutrients, life cycles, experiments and how to draw conclusions etc.

    Should you not be successful on your first attempt, you may be invited to re-sit.

    What can I do to revise for the assessment?

    We recommend that you use online tools such as BBC Bitesize to brush up your skills.


    Course Highlights

    This course is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of key concepts in biology; to develop your practical skills and also skills in applying scientific methodology, interpreting data and evaluating evidence.

    Next Steps

    Many students progress onto higher level courses as detailed below, but for many, the course contributes to the qualification base required for a career change into areas such as health and social care and employment as a science-technician.

    Upon successful completion of this course, it may be used in conjunction with other courses e.g. Access to HE or HNC/D qualifications to support further progress onto teacher training, nursing, and other health-related degree courses.

    Tuition Costs

    For all students aged 19+, fees will be £466.55

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

    Additional Costs

    Students are strongly advised to purchase the textbook – AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book, Author: Nick Dixon, Ali Hodgson. ISBN:9781471851339