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Biology GCSE at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The GCSE Biology specification aims to provide candidates with the scientific understanding needed to progress to further studies of biology, should they choose to undertake them. Candidates should gain an insight into:

  • what is involved in being a practitioner of science;
  • how scientists develop scientific understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit;
  • how these understandings can be applied to the benefit of humanity.

This course involves the following 3 sections:

  1. Relation between man, other organisms and the environment
  2. Organisation and maintenance of the individual
  3. Reproduction, growth & development.

If you are 16-18, this GCSE will be one of five you will choose to make up a full time programme of study. You will study for a total of 15 hours per week plus one hour per week tutorial. You will be required to do Maths and English Language as two of your five GCSEs unless you already have these qualifications and grade C or above. Please note that you may be required to re-sit your Maths and / or English Language as one of your five if you require higher than a grade C for your progression onto A Level.

Entry requirements

You will need to have 2 Grade C's or a level 1 equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, achieved within the last 5 years All students aged 16-18 without GCSE English and maths at C or above will work towards these qualifications while on their course.

Future opportunities

A- Level or equivalent in any biological science subject, including Human Biology & Social and Environmental Biology. Employment opportunities at entry level in vocations related to biological/hospital laboratory work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.