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Course Overview

This course covers a wide range of aspects of Biology, and will develop subject knowledge alongside practical and investigative skills.

The course covers a range of topics from cell structure and transport in plants and animals to broader concepts of keeping healthy and evolution. Examples of specific areas include: homeostasis; energy and biomass in food chains; nerves and hormones; photosynthesis; tissues, organs and organ systems and humans and their environment.

Practical and Investigative skills are also an essential part of the course, and learners will develop skills such as designing an investigation and evaluating data. The controlled assessment component involves planning and carrying out investigations, including consideration of safety and data processing.

There will be three examinations at the end of the course, each lasting 1 hour and contributing 25% of the marks. There will also be a controlled assessment component (Investigative Skills Assignment - two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing ) contributing the remaining 25%.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course and should discuss this with the course tutor. You should be able to demonstrate literacy and numeracy at level 2 but this could be done by a task set for you.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor, Therasa Paul, prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

Successful completion of this course may support progression to A level, BTEC or equivalent courses when achieved along with other GSCEs (or equivalent). A GCSE in a science subject is also an essential requirement for progression to some University courses such as Nursing or Science-related degree programmes (in addition to appropriate level 3 qualifications).



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Applied Sciences

The UK is widely recognised as one of the world leaders in science in sectors like bioscience and pharmaceuticals, so opportunities are plentiful for students interested in pursuing a career in the Applied Sciences.

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