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GCSE Biology S178

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How long does the course last?

1 year, part-time

Level

This is a level 2 course.

Course outline

This is the single award GCSE Biology. It is an ideal qualification for students studying science further or health related subject. This is a good subject to consider if you are thinking about a possible career in teaching or nursing where a GCSE Biology grade C and above is required.

Course details

GCSE Biology aims to give you an understanding of how living organisms function and how living organisms interact with the environment. The Biology content is intergrated to show how science is everywhere in our lives.

The specification is based on topics that cover human and plant biology. It aims to give you an understanding of basic scientific concepts in a way that brings them to life and makes the knowledge relevant, rather than look at Science for its own sake. It also gives an insight into why the work of scientists is important.

Entry guidelines

We normally expect applicants to this course to have already achieved a

Grade D at GCSE. However, if you have not taken the GCSE course before or have

studied abroad, we may ask you to complete a short diagonistic test at interview

to help decide whether this course is suitable for you.
This course is for

students 19+<p>If English is not your first language, you may need an

assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact

the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.</p>

Additional Information

This is an intensive course requiring full commitment and attendance. You will have access to learning materials on our virtual campus to support your studies.

The exam board is AQA. The specification is GCSE Biology, the syllabus number is 8461 and it is available at Foundation and Higher Tiers. You can find more information at www.aqa.or.uk

Key handouts and materials are provided, however you might wish to purchase a text book or a lab coat to support your studies.

Where can I progress to?

The study of the GCSE Biology can lead to the study of health sciences and

psychology in further and higher education. It is also an important entry

requirement for many higher level vocational qualifications or career paths.

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Assessment Method

In GCSE Biology students are examined at the end of the course by completing two exam papers (50% of the overall grade each).

Paper 1 - Topics 1-4; Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics

Paper 2 - Topics 5-7; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, Variation and evolution and Ecology

Exam papers will take the form of multiple choice, structured, closed/short answer and open responses. Students also need to take a controlled assessment that covers a minimum of one practical investigation based on the topics taught. The controlled assessment is not tiered but students take either the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier for written papers.

When does this course run?

Starting 6th Sep 17

Ends 27th Jun 18

Ref: S178J001

Fees

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £340.00

Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2016-17. Course fees for 2017-18 will be confirmed in due course.

Planned Timetable
Day Times Campus
Wednesday 18:00 — 21:00 12 Quays

Starting 5th Sep 18

Ends 26th Jun 19

Ref: S178K001

Fees

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £340.00

Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2016-17. Course fees for 2017-18 will be confirmed in due course.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call in to our Conway Park Campus from 10am to 4pm, with late opening on Tuesdays to 7pm during term-time.

This information was current on 18th October, 2017 and may be subject to change.

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