This is a part-time study program. You will sit two exams at the end of the course to determine your grade. Biology is the study of living organisms and how these interact with each other and their environments. Biology really is a multidisciplinary subject that is made of many different and interdependent fields. Biology explores how living systems are constructed, as well as how they develop, communicate, interact, reproduce, defend themselves, and shape the biophysical environment around them.
Throughout the course you will study nine topics. These are:
Key concepts in biology; cells and control; genetics; natural selection and genetic modification; health, disease and the development of medicines; plant structures and their function; animal co-ordination, control and homeostasis; exchange and transport in animals; ecosystem and material cycles.
If you are interested in the incredible phenome that make up the world this course if for you. Biology is the study of life and this course will give you a strong foundation on which to build up your understanding. This course could open an array of opportunities for you going forward; it could allow you to pursue further training to become a midwife or nurse or present opportunities to study biology in further and higher education. This practical and academic qualification will give you the skills to move towards your goal. You will undertake many practical activities which will develop practical skills and hone your ability to work scientifically. Of these practicals 8 are required by the specification, you cannot miss these classes.
Entry Level (Foundation)
- No formal entry requirements.
You will be formally assessed at the end of the course via two externally marked exams. Each exam is 1hr 45mins long and each paper is worth 100 marks. Paper 1 covers: topics 1-5 and paper 2 covers topic 1 and topics 6-9. There will be a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice, short answer, calculations and extended open response questions.
There are also eight required practicals which will take place throughout the course.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:
● Access courses in: Science and allied medical professions
● Pursue Level 3 qualifications in biology
● Train to become a teacher or teaching assistant