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Bradford College

GCSE Biology for Adults

Study Level
Level 2
Course Type
1 Academic Year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


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.

  Key Info

You will study essential knowledge and key concepts in Biology, as well as the practical skills needed for investigative study. Topics covered include Cell biology, Genetics and Global challenges. You will develop practical skills, investigative skills, critical thinking as well as problem-solving skills through classroom learning, practical work and scientific resources.

  Qualification Gained: Assessment & Qualifications Alliance GCSE (9-1) in Biology
  • 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.

You must be aged 19+ to enrol on this course.

Entry to this course requires GCSE Combined Science or individual Science GCSEs at Grade 3, as well as a minimum of grade 6 and grade 3 in GCSE English and Maths.

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.

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).

Successful completion of this course can lead to further study or employment.

If you are 19 years old or over you may need to pay fees for your Further Education studies.

Course fees depend on your age and course level.

You may be exempt from paying fees though, or eligible to pay a reduced fee – known as fee remission.

FE Tuition: £724.00 per academic year

Exam Registration: £40.00

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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