Who is the course for?
This GCSE is ideally suited to adults aged 19+ who want to progress onto the Access course, or to University and have not achieved traditional GCSE Science qualification to grade C but who wish to pursue a career requiring formal science qualifications (such as teaching, midwifery, health professions etc.). This is a practical, one-year course enabling learners to develop scientific understanding of how biology influences and changes our lives as well as practical skills in scientific investigation enabling hands on opportunities which will enable support deep understanding and retention of core concepts. You will also benefit from developed mathematical, communication and practical laboratory skills working scientifically through experimental investigation, strategies, analysis and evaluation.
Do I need any formal qualifications?
There are no previous learning requirements. Learners will be required to attend an initial assessment in Numeracy, the outcome should show you are at least level 1 preferably working towards L2.
What will I study on the course?
Learner will develop practical skills through hands-on work which will enable you to can see how science is used to solve problems and how this contributes to our daily lives. You will study topics including; Cell Biology, Infection and response, Homeostasis and response and Inheritance, variation and evolution.
How is the course organised
This course will run one evening per week over a year with assessment by exams at the end of the course in June.
How will my progress be assessed?
This course is assessed by two written multi-choice exams of 1hr 45 mins.
Can I gain any extra qualifications while on the course?
You may wish to study this course alongside another programme in College. There may be opportunities to study additional short qualifications such as infection control alongside this qualification.
What final qualification will I get if I am successful?
AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology
The course supports learners to progress to courses such as Access, Level 3 sciences or to progress to university alongside other Level 3 qualifications to study subjects related to Biology such as Medicine, Psychology, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Molecular Biology
Biology is an element in a wide range of careers with these skills being useful and valued in medicine, agriculture, conservation, horticulture and arboriculture, ecology marine biology biotechnology immunology molecular biology microbiology, food processing.
Can I receive any financial support whilst I am studying?
Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.
If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.
All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.
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How can I apply for this course?
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Where can I get any further information about the course?
You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/