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Key details

Attendance
Duration 1 year
Code
Awarding Body AQA
Level GCSE
Start Date 05/09/2022

Course overview

This GSCE is available in Pathway 2 only.

Our one-year GCSE in Biology A (Gateway Science) helps you develop your biological knowledge and scientific thinking.

You will discover how key concepts in biology make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena.

Practical skills are integrated with the theoretical topics.

This course is run in the David Hockney Building at the main city centre campus.

What you'll study

  • B1: Cell level systems
  • B2: Scaling up
  • B3: Organism level systems
  • B4: Community level systems
  • B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
  • B6: Global challenges
  • B7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
  • Class teaching
  • Practical work
  • Student booklets
  • Videos
  • Questions from past papers
  • Blended learning
  • Practical skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Subject knowledge
    • B1: Cell level systems
    • B2: Scaling up
    • B3: Organism level systems
    • B4: Community level systems
    • B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
    • B6: Global challenges
    • B7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
    • Class teaching
    • Practical work
    • Student booklets
    • Videos
    • Questions from past papers
    • Blended learning
    • Practical skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Investigative skills
    • Critical thinking
    • Subject knowledge

Assessment

Practical assignment.

Biology A (Gateway Science) consists of two examined papers that are externally assessed.

Each paper is a 1 hour 45 minutes written paper (90 marks).

 

Entry requirements

GCSE combined or separate sciences
Grade 3
GCSE English Language and Maths
At least one grade 6 and one grade 3

You must be 19+ to enrole on this course.

English and Maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £408

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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