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Biology : GCSE at WQE

Course description

Our world is filled with living organisms ranging from the largest of animals and plants to the smallest of microbes. Biology helps us to understand the interactions between living organisms and the environment. This course involves not only learning about the key concepts in Biology but also how to collect, interpret and analyse information from the natural world to better understand it. This information can be used to help humans improve their own lives and strive to create a sustainable world for future generations.

Course content

There are seven teaching units (B1-B6) which includes an embedded practical skills unit (B7). The teaching units include:

B1: Cell level systems
B2: Scaling up
B3: Organism level systems
B4: Community level system
B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
B6 - Global challenges
B7 - Practical Activity Skills

We make use of all types of activities: whole-class and group practical work, teacher demonstrations, class discussions and debates, individual use of computers and learning games and quizzes. To track progress, students complete tests regularly during the year.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course requires students to have achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics; and at least grades 3, 3 in GCSE Combined Science. Equivalent qualifications may be considered


Students sit two written papers at the end of the academic year. Each paper is worth 50% of the final grade, and the second paper will include synoptic assessment. The practical-based topic (B7) provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to approach the 15% practical content in the examinations.

The exam papers are taken at either Foundation or Higher level depending on ability.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of the course students can progress on to Level 3 Science courses, including A-Level Biology or BTEC Nationals in Applied Science. The GCSE Sciences are also required to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.

Further information

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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: 15 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
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