Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at adults with a genuine interest in living organisms. The GCSE covers a wide range of key biological principles and topics, including cell biology, human biology, disease, inheritance, evolution and ecology.
The course is well structured with a range of informative resources available on the college VLE, combined with text books, revision guides and practice exam questions available in class to prepare you for the exams at the end of the year.
Assessment is through two exams, both 1h 45mins in length. There are also a set of interesting and useful required practical activities that are undertaken throughout the year to demonstrate key biological processes and help you understand the scientific method.
Where will this course lead?
Completing a GCSE in Biology will be of great help to those wishing to continue on to teacher training, degrees in nursing or healthcare or for those who wish to continue onto an A level program. Combined with other good GCSE grades, a grade 6 (previously Grade B) in GCSE Biology is sufficient to study AS/A2 Biology or Psychology.
Are there any course requirements?
No, but a good standard to English will enable you to access revision guides, text books, websites and also cope with the large amount of technical terminology needed to gain good grades. There may be some small amount of research involved and students will be encouraged to use iLearn activities to consolidate their learning in class. Younger adults who have gained a grade C in Core Science previously will show good potential for future success on this course.
Do I need to bring anything?
We will be providing text books, revision guides, practice exam questions and practical activities to complete in class. All you will need is a pencil case, additional paper, a ruler and a simple calculator. Colouring pencils can also be useful to highlight key terms and help with diagrams. In order to achieve well on this course, it is expected that you complete between 1-2 hours of additional study at home to practice consolidating what you have learned in class and applying your knowledge to exam style questions.
Contact: PartTimeAdmissions@newcollege.ac.uk – for general information studying evening classes or
Luke.Sinnick@newcollege.ac.uk for more information about the course.