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Biology GCSE - Level 2


This course is suitable for those who need a pass in a science GCSE in order to go onto further study, e.g. a teacher training course.

Consequentially, the course will focus on foundation tier topics in order to achieve a pass (grade 4 or 5), though students can study the higher tier topics independently in order to aim for a higher grade.

Entry requirements

18+ only

Acceptance on the course will be conditional upon sitting a short entry assessment.

This will assess knowledge of cell structure and interpreting data tables of biological information.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
13/09/2021Various321 yr(s)4807A101FREE£360.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

For more information on GCSE start dates, times and fees please contact us on our enquiries line 0808 100 3626 or email

How long is the course?

The course is for one year and will start in September with the final exams taking place in May/June.  There will be cost/s attributed to this course.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by two written exam papers, which are sat in the summer. Each contributes 50% to your final GCSE grade.

Paper 1 (FT) or 3 (HT) assesses syllabus sections B1 – B3 and B7.

Paper 2 (FT) or 4 (HT) assesses syllabus section B4 – B7 (and assumes knowledge of sections B1 – B3).

(FT – foundation tier)

(HT – higher tier)

What will I study?

The course will cover the following topics in theory and with the aid of required practical activities:

  • Cell systems - cell structure, respiration, photosynthesis and enzymes.
  • Scaling up- diffusion, osmosis, mitosis, circulation and transport systems in plants and animals.
  • Organism level systems - nervous system, endocrine system and homeostasis.
  • Ecosystems.
  • Genes and inheritance.
  • Global challenges - monitoring the environment, health and disease.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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