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Biology : GCSE at Regent College

Course description

The GCSE Biology course is designed to develop your scientific knowledge and the conceptual understanding of biology. During the course, you will:

-Carry out compulsory Practical Activities that will enhance your understanding of biology theory and practical skills.
-Learn Mathematical Skills and apply them to the Biological scenarios
-Learn how to 'Work Scientifically' to develop your investigative and evaluative skills and to become equipped on how to answer scientific questions about the world around you.

All of the above skills are embedded in the teaching topics and are assessed in the examinations.

After successful completion of the course you can progress on to L3 course (A-Level Biology and/or BTEC Applied Science), or fill in the gaps in your GCSEs to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.

The course follows the new OCR GCSE (9 - 1) Gateway Science Biology specification.

Teaching Styles
We make use of all types of activities: whole-class and group practical work, teacher demonstrations, teacher-led discussions, individual use of computers and quick learning games and quizzes.

Resources and facilities
At the beginning of 2011 all the science labs were completely refurbished. As well as a full range of science equipment the new labs incorporate ICT facilities including computers and interactive whiteboards. There is also a new computer suite dedicated to science students.


Course content

B1 Cell level systems: Cell structures; What happens in cells (and what do cells need); Respiration; Photosynthesis.

B2 Scaling up: Supplying the cell; The Challenges of Size.

B3 Organism level systems: Coordination and Control – the Nervous and Endocrine systems; Maintaining Internal Environments.

B4 Community level systems: Ecosystems.

B5 Genes, inheritance and selection: Inheritance; Natural selection and evolution.

B6 Global challenges: Monitoring and Maintaining the Environment; Feeding the Human Race; Monitoring and maintaining health 
B7 Practical Activity Skills

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade D or 3 or above including English Language and Maths and either GCSE Comibined Science grade D, D or 3, 3 or GCSE Biology grade D or 3.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.


There will be two written papers in May and/or June. Both papers are worth 50% of the final grade, and the second paper will include synoptic assessment. The exam papers are taken at either Foundation or Higher level depending on ability.

The practical-based topic (B7) provides you with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.

Mathematical skills and Working Scientifically skills that are taught alongside the Biology topics are also assessed in the examination papers.


Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

These courses will be useful for students needing a GCSE Science subject for a particular career such as Primary Teaching or Nursing. In addition, you will be able to progress on to a L3 BTEC course or A-level Biology depending on the grade you achieve.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Regent College, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 September 2018

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