Course Overview

Our 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.


Course Structure

Biology A

  • 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.


Entry Requirements

3s in GCSE Combined or Separate Sciences, at least one 6 and one 3 in English language and GCSE mathematics.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Class teaching
  • Practical work
  • Student booklets
  • Videos
  • Questions from past papers
  • Blended learning

Skills You Will Develop

  • Practical skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Subject knowledge

How You Will Be Assessed

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).

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].