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GCSE Biology

  • Overview of the course

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    If you have a passion for science and are looking to learn in a dynamic, hands-on way, then our GCSE Biology course may be just what you’re looking for. This is a 9 month course that can enable you to progress onto level 3 studies in science, such as an Access to HE course or a HNC/HND.

    Science attempts to explain the world in which we live. It provides technologies that have had a great impact on our society and the environment. Scientists try to explain phenomena and solve problems using evidence. The data to be used as evidence must be repeatable, reproducible and valid, as only then can appropriate conclusions be made. A scientifically literate person should, amongst other things, be equipped to question, and engage in debate on, the evidence used in decision-making.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will study a range of concepts linked to Biological science, including science relating to humans and plants, environmental science, and the practical application of biology in the environment.
  • Entry requirements

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    You must achieve a mark of 14 or above in our Biology Assessment to be accepted on to this course.

    You should also have an interest in the sciences, and a willingness to participate in both theoretical application of science, and practical experiments. A GCSE maths and English will support your progress and success in the Biology GCSE.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    GCSE Biology is broken down into four separate units:
    Unit 1 ~ Externally set examination. Focus on the biology of the human body.
    Unit 2 ~ Externally set examination. Focus on the cells and tissues of plants and the human body.
    Unit 3 ~ Externally set examination. Focus on how biological environments work in harmony, or disharmony.
    Unit 4 ~ Controlled Assessment. Practical ways to assess your scientific skills.

    The science exams consist of a variety of question styles, including objective questions that test a learner’s knowledge, structured short answers that assess theoretical approaches to science, and longer written answers that provide opportunities to stretch and challenge the most able learners. Every exam also assesses learner’s spelling, punctuation and grammar.
    The Controlled Assessment task allows students to experience what a full scientific investigation is like, and consists of planning, observation and conclusions. The examination board (Edexcel) set the assessment task, which changes every year.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    This GCSE will be assessed on the new numerical grading system.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: T. First class: 08 September 2022. Last class: 25 May 2023
    • Thursday : 09:30 - 12:00
    • Thursday : 13:00 - 15:30
  • Course Fees

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  • Future opportunities

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    Once you have completed your Biology GCSE you can progress onto higher levels of study, such as Access to Higher Education courses in Science, Nursing, Health Therapies or Sport Science. You could also move into employment in science-related industries.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:30 - 15:30
    5.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    30 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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