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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.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
12/09/2022Various321 yr(s)4807A101£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

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.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

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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