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GCSE Biology - 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.

What will I study?

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • This course is for learners aged 19+ only
  • Acceptance on the course will be conditional upon sitting a short entry assessment. This will assess your knowledge of cell structure and interpreting data tables of biological information.

How long is the course?

1 year.

Final exams will take place in May/June.

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)

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