Biology has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 and above
  • GCSE combined science grades 3,3 minimum or grade 3 in GCSE Biology
  • Students who have achieved below D/3 are unsuitable for this course.



Exam board: AQA

100%2015-2016 saw a 100% pass rate with 70% A*-C

This AQA course enables you to explore the vast and exciting world of Biology!

The diverse range of topics includes how the human body works, how plants photosynthesise, evolution and our impact on the environment.

The course provides an excellent understanding of the human body and how it functions, as well as the world around us and our impact on it. This is an intensive one-year course designed for students who wish to build upon existing knowledge gained from secondary Sciences to achieve a grade 4 or above in a Science GCSE.

Traditionally taught at secondary level over a much longer time period, this course is fast-paced with lots to learn so you need to be a highly motivated and hard-working independent learner! Students wishing to enter the health care professions or primary teaching in the future who require a grade 4 or 5 in a Science GCSE would be ideally suited. 

This is a complimentary course for students alongside their AS/A2 studies and although available for our access to level 3 course, you must be prepared for a challenging course and have good written communication and mathematical skills.

You must also complete 10 required practical assessments. Questions on the written exams test the knowledge, understanding and skills you will have gained thoughout the course, including practial and mathematical skills. 



Units 1 & 2


  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics

Units 2, 3 & 4


  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology
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Biology Student

‘Interesting, fun and enjoyable. But also fast paced and demanding with the amount you have to learn in the short space of time’

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Meet the Science teachers and students

Methods of Learning and Teaching

This is a fast paced course, so there is an expectation that students complete at least 2 hours of independent study each week. Independent study will focus on revising key content so lesson time can focus more on applying knowledge to exam questions and working on skills. 

Methods of assessment

Units 1 & 2 are tested in paper 1 in a 1 hour 45 minute written exam (50% marks). 

Units 3, 4 & 5 are tested in paper 2 another 1 hour 45 minute written exam (50% marks). 

10-15% of the exams are made up of maths questions


Dedicated, well-resourced science laboratories are used for lessons, where we have a range of text books and revision guides to complement the course.

The college Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides a well-stocked section of Biology books and access to on-line resources. All homework is set through an online text book.

Students are encouraged to buy a revision guide at the start of course 


Students achieving at least grade 4 can use it as an entry qualification to the Level 3 Applied Human Biology course or the A level Psychology course (if other entry requirements are met).

Students achieving at least a grade 6 may be considered for entry onto an A level Science course (if other entry requirements are met).

GCSE Science grade 4 is required to access many university courses, including: Primary Teaching, Nursing and other healthcare related courses.

This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.